The Socialist Register 2021
Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living
Essays that explore new ways of living with technological change
About the book
As digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades of the 21st century, it refashioned both our ways of working and our ways of consuming, as well as our ways of communicating. And as the Covid-19 pandemic coursed through the world’s population, adding tens of billions of dollars to the profits of high-tech corporations, its impact revealed grotesque class and racial inequalities and the gross lack of public investment, planning and preparation which lay behind the scandalously slow and inadequate responses of so many states.
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This book is an instructive read even for those who do not share a socialist vision. If one wants to develop a sophisticated understanding of the politics of the left in the United States or elsewhere, it is incumbent upon the analyst to have a solid sense of the different projects and strategies animating the left beyond the mainstream analytical nostrums of “more state/less state,” and “individualism/collectivism.” It also allows analysts to track the distinct differences between revolutionary socialist and social democratic traditions. Moreover, the book goes someway to allowing the reader to evaluate the success and failures of the various socialist challenges from São Paulo and Caracas to London and Athens.
- Reaping the whirlwind: Digitalization, restructuring, and mobilization in the Covid crisis (Ursula Huws)
- The time of our lives: Reflections on work and capitalist temporality (Bryan D. Palmer)
- Interpretation machines: Contradictions of ‘artificial intelligence’ in 21st century capitalism (Larry Lohmann)
- The political economy of datafication and work: A new digital Taylorism? (Matthew Cole, Hugo Radice & Charles Umney)
- The big tech monopolies and the state (Grace Blakeley)
- Socialists on social media platforms: Communicating within and against digital capitalism (Tanner Mirrlees)
- Imagining platform socialism; Massimiliano Mollona: Working-class cinema in the age of digital capitalism (Derek Hrynyshyn)
- The surveillance of service labour: Conditions and possibilities of resistance (Joan Sangster)
- From neoliberal fashion to new ways of clothing (Jerónimo Montero Bressán)
- Shifting gears: Labour strategies for low-carbon public transit mobility (Sean Sweeney & John Treat)
- Community restaurants: Decommodifying food as socialist strategy (Benjamin Selwyn)
- Start early, stay late: Planning for care in old age (Pat Armstrong & Huw Armstrong)
- Health care, technology, and socialized medicine (Pritha Chandra & Pratyush Chandra)
- Life after the pandemic: From production for profit to provision for need (Christoph Hermann)
- Democratic socialist planning: Back to the future (Robin Hahnel)
- Postcapitalism: Alternatives or detours? (Greg Albo)