I am an avid reader of the online media we call news in this country (USA). I independently formed a similar conclusion just from the perspective I've developed from consuming a load of information. For me, the novelty of this book was to show how predictions from economic contributors were in agreement if you look at the future described by the author in the perspective of modern technology.
One takeaway for me was I found a way to disagree with author Chris Hedges, a man who agrees with Marxist criticism of capital but disagrees with the communist outcome as predicted by Karl Marx. I think Mr. Bastani did a great job of codifying and narrating the capitalist progression, calling it capitalist realism, and worded it all in a way that is hard to reject.
If you're not an avid reader of news, this book will arm you with the insight to make some predictions, and if you are an avid reader of news like I am but are short on relevant selections of the history of economic thought, this book will fill in the gaps and give you the benefit of seeing how Keynes and Marx, for instance, agreed with one another, a comparison I've never seen myself from any other author.
In short, speaking with an educational background of an advanced degree in computer science, I find it easy to go from the premises he presents (which are true) to the conclusion he presents, so I believe he builds a strong argument for the future of society. I thank Mr. Bastani for reminding me that communism, as presented by Karl Marx, didn't necessarily rely on human labor to produce the shared material wealth. Instead, Karl Marx's prediction relied on the assumption that the means of production will become very efficient, and Mr. Basatani identified the nascent technology for this as artificial intelligence.
I recommend you purchase this book and I hope you enjoy reading it just as I did.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Verso (5 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1788732464
- ISBN-13: 978-1788732468
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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