Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 3, 2016

READER OF THE DAY #39

Willow Chair with John Dickin

READER OF THE DAY # John Dickin

I met John Dickin through the Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club and, while on route to some back country skiing, learned that he made willow chairs and later he taught me how. I also learned he has many other interests (another story) but that he always has a book on the go.


John says, “I’m reading a book on a subject that I would not normally spend time with but it sounded interesting – Postcapitalism – a Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason.

The first part of the book describes the history of capitalism starting about 240 years ago and its cycles. Discussions on Marx views on capitalism and how some views were very accurate in this day and how some things were totally wrong. Final part of the book will describe possible future after 2008 and more recent events in 2015. I hope to find some articles or discussions that would refute or question his assessments as I always like to get opinions on both sides of an issue.

Next book will be something light and cheesy.”

Amazon says this about :

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.

At the heart of this change is information technology, a revolution that is driven by capitalism but, with its tendency to push the value of much of what we make toward zero, has the potential to destroy an economy based on markets, wages, and private ownership. Almost unnoticed, in the niches and hollows of the market system, swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Vast numbers of people are changing how they behave and live, in ways contrary to the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism. And as the terrain changes, new paths open.

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.

Postcapitalism


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