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These three assertions do militate heavily against all utilitarianisms, which include all modern economics including Marxist and non-Marxist. This type of rationality emerged alongside the birth of large-scale capitalism during the Industrial Revolution. While this is easily misinterpreted if identified with labor under capitalism or most other modes of productionsuch an identification is dubious, if not downright sloppy.

Published by Adam Kotsko. In Praise of Disobedience. It may not seem to be a realistic proposal in terms of being politically achievable, but it is neither utopian nor arbitrary.

Critique of Economic Reason

Just as the savage must wrestle with Nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production. Turning away from rason hoe without either replacing it with a different tool in goz different sector of work or forgoing tools altogether and living in paleolithic conditions are only possible if the worker leaves the social system completely.

But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity. Best analysis of the situation of workers in regards to the predominate Goorz Reason, as well as an amazing Critique of the Economics of Capitalism. You need to have an argument about why creativity or collaboration is inherently superior to accumulation.


Critique of Economic Reason by André Gorz

I’m mostly indifferent towards the first half of the book, where Gorz in an exercise of immanent critique demonstrates why work hour reduction is necessary. Gorz argues for the liberation of workers from work. Elton Kelly rated it it was amazing Jul 22, A Guide to our Radical Thinkers!

In actuality, Gorz is post-Marxist because like Adorno, Marcuse and others, he likes Capital and the Grundrisse and conveniently drops o I’m torn on this book, and my ambiguity towards it can mostly be explained without even referring to the actual contents. While we are talking the working day — this is a really good practical suggest on this from my favourite think tank the New Economics Foundation: Want to Read saving….

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Return to Book Page. As technology and automation advance work no longer offers either fulfilment or indeed full time work for us all. Also the anti-elite religious component some millenarian, some not she compares to liberation theology.

The basic argument of the book is this: Rather than regarding that free time as the meaningless stasis of unemployment, we need to use our free time for freely-chosen projects. By carefully delineating the existential and cultural limits of economic rationality, he emphasizes the urgent need to create a society which rejects the work ethic in favor of an emancipatory ethic of free time.

This sounds lovely; will check it out, thanks. I agree with Reid, who took some of the words out of my mouth: Furthermore, from a marxist or political-economic point of view they are identical: Furthermore, a society that valued creativity and collaboration and all the values that Gorz puts forward apart from economic reason would be one that would stigmatize someone who was obsessed with accumulation, not let him run everything.



His solution logically follows his rather prescient understanding of economic The first portion of the book covers the history of “economic reasoning” and it meshes perfectly with where we are currently at. Technological growth had already increased the margin of profit.

In Critique of Economic Reasonhe offers his fullest account to date of the terminal crisis of a system where every activity and aspiration has been subjected to the rule of the market. In fact, we can see that the three way division between those with full time work, those in precarious jobs, and those unemployed is exactly how the structure of the or is developing. The fact is that when people are asked if they would like to have more time or money of their own other things being equal they choose time.

Challenge yourself with new discoveries in our Girz Thinkers series. Life has become work-centric due to the demands of the economic rationality. Published October 27th by Verso first published He has a variety exonomic more detailed proposals for how this might work in practice, for instance, how to make it possible for people to have flexible, self-chosen schedules on a very long time-frame not just working 20 hours fritique week, but possibly working only six months out of every year or taking even longer breaks.

Unlimited capital accumulation harms others, as the historical memory of pre-Gorzian capitalism would amply indicate. Thanks for telling us about the problem.