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The end of capitalism

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian.
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to read Paul Mason's "The end of capitalism" published on July 16, 2015 in The Guardian, click on

 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/17/postcapitalism-end-of-capitalism-begun

Why should we not form a picture of the ideal life, built out of abundant information, non-hierarchical work and the dissociation of work from wages\?

Millions of people are beginning to realise they have been sold a dream at odds with what reality can deliver. Their response is anger - and retreat towards national forms of capitalism that can only tear the world apart. Watching these emerge, from the pro-Grexit left factions in Syriza to the Front National and the isolationism of the American right has been like watching the nightmares we had during the Lehman Brothers crisis come true.

We need more than just a bunch of utopian dreams and small-scale horizontal projects. We need a project based on reason, evidence and testable designs, that cuts with the grain of history and is sustainable by the planet. And we need to get on with it.

Postcapitalism is published by Allen Lane on 30 July. Paul Mason will be asking whether capitalism has had its day at a sold-out Guardian Live event on 22 July. Let us know your thoughts beforehand at theguardian.com/membership.

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Alternatives and criticism shouldn't be taboo 02.Aug.2015 13:50

marc

Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people.

The elites live in a world without alternatives where the future is a continuation of the present. The powerful never make a mistake; everything is only a "learning experience." Although he's been in office for seven years and delivers engaging speeches, Obama seems bereft of any sense of system criticism or alternatives. That the country is an oligarchy or plutocracy jammed by political corruption where the wealthiest 400 Americans have more wealth than 150 million should be a goad to systemic change and learning from other cultures. Criticism shouldn't be made taboo or demonized.

The future should be anticipated and protected in the present if the future is open and dynamic and not closed and static (cf. Jurgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope).

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