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Paul Mason and postcapitalism: utopian or scientific?
July 21, 2015
Leftist journalist and broadcaster, Paul Mason, has a new book out at
the end of this month. It’s called ‘Postcapitalism’. I don’t have a
copy but Mason has written a long article in the British newspaper, The
Guardian, outlining his main arguments, http://gu.com/p/4ay9c
Mason has been a doughty publiciser of labour struggles in his
journalism and also offered on occasions a more theoretical and
strategic analysis of where capitalism and labour is going. I think
this book is an attempt to sum up his views. As Mason has some
influence among labour activists in Britain and internationally, it’s
worth considering what he has to say.
Mason argues that capitalism is set to be replaced by ‘postcapitalism’
(not ‘socialism’, it seems). And this is for three reasons. First, there
is an information revolution which is creating a society of abundance in
information, making a virtually costless and labour saving economy.
Second, this information revolution cannot be captured by the capitalist
market and the big monopolies. And third, already the ‘post-capitalist’
mode of production, based on free ownership and cooperation in
information, is emerging from within capitalism, just as capitalism
emerged from within feudalism. Is Mason right? Does he make sense?
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