By Paul Mason
From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel four presenter, Postcapitalism is a consultant to our period of seismic financial switch, and the way we will be able to construct a extra equivalent society.
Over the earlier centuries or so, capitalism has gone through continuous switch - fiscal cycles that lurch from growth to bust - and has continually emerged reworked and bolstered. Surveying this turbulent historical past, Paul Mason wonders no matter if this present day we're on the point of a transformation so tremendous, so profound, that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complicated method during which whole societies functionality, has reached its limits and is becoming anything totally new.
At the guts of this variation is details know-how: a revolution that, as Mason indicates, has the aptitude to reshape totally our commonplace notions of labor, construction and price; and to break an economic system in accordance with markets and personal possession - actually, he contends, it truly is already doing so. nearly ignored, within the niches and hollows of the marketplace approach, complete swathes of financial existence are changing.. items and providers that not reply to the dictates of neoliberalism are showing, from parallel currencies and time banks, to cooperatives and self-managed on-line areas. mammoth numbers of individuals are altering their behaviour, getting to know new sorts of possession, lending and doing enterprise which are precise from, and opposite to, the present method of state-backed company capitalism.
In this groundbreaking ebook Mason exhibits how, from the ashes of the hot monetary hindrance, we've got the opportunity to create a extra socially simply and sustainable worldwide financial system. relocating past capitalism, he indicates, is not any longer a utopian dream. this can be the 1st time in human heritage within which, outfitted with an realizing of what's taking place round us, we will are expecting and form, instead of easily react to, seismic switch.