[Marxism] New book: Destruction of Meaning

Simon H dante_sh88 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 21 14:20:36 MDT 2013

Dear all, 

I hope people don't mind a quick plug, but some of you might be interested in a new book I have out called Destruction of Meaning, a kind of follow up to Beyond Capitalism? The Future of Radical Politics (Zero books). It is available from Amazon - you can read a review of it here http://review31.co.uk/article/view/159/a-return-to-politics

Destruction of Meaning (available online)

In a post-ideological world, where the dominant politics seeks to minimise the states responsibilities and expand the control of the market over society, we witness a process whereby the meaning of words and political terms is dramatically distorted and undermined. The loss of meaning in political terminology (for instance, where a pro-free market liberal like President Obama can be called a socialist by mainstream media) is related to a loss of empowerment and increasing alienation in a market driven economy which values the 'new individual' above collective, historically contextualised subjectivity.

The argument of the book is that since the Thatcher/Reagan revolution the move to the political right internationally, the collapse of the Berlin wall and the "end of history" paradigm there has been a loss of meaning in our own lives as individuals. The modernist projects of progressive change and empowerment are considered dead. Consumerism and white noise media saturation frustrate our abilities to relate to the real world around us. 

This book seeks to make a contribution to the debate (or lack thereof) concerning how the post-political malaise that infects many Western societies is part of a decline in both political discourse and cultural forms. Unless we address the growing credibility gap between how we are governed and relate to institutions of power, as well as the media that represents them, then we are unable to generate new modernist paradigms which can restart history. As such the liberal democratic-free market model remains hegemonic despite its apparent failings in the face of economic and social decline post 2008.

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