A Guide to Our Future (2016.2)


关于本书 About the book

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone profound changes―economic cycles that veer from boom to bust―from which it has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and so profound that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complex system within which entire societies function, will mutate into something wholly new.

In this bold and prophetic book, Mason shows how, from the ashes of the crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable economy. Although the dangers ahead are profound, he argues that there is cause for hope. This is the first time in human history in which, equipped with an understanding of what is happening around us, we can predict and shape the future.

本书金句 Key insights

● In summary, neoliberalism has failed due to four main reasons: fiat money, financialization, global imbalances in trade and the information-technology revolution.

● Neoliberalism is founded upon property ownership, but property ownership matters less and less in our information-based world.

● There is no way an economic system with free goods and no property rights can be capitalist. Information technology undermines the fundamental principles of how capitalism operates, and is leading us toward a postcapitalist society.

● In conclusion, the transition from capitalism to postcapitalism will be rough at times, but it will happen.

● Thanks to the Internet and new technologies, our economy is increasingly based on information goods that aren’t governed by the laws of supply and demand. That, combined with major shifts like global warming and migration, will force states to start moving toward postcapitalism.