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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849350590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849350594
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franco Berardi, better known as Bifo, is an Italian autonomist philosopher and media activist. One of the founders of the notorious Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that became the voice of the autonomous youth movement of Bologna in the late 1970s, Bifo is the author of multiple works of theory, including the recently published 'The Soul at Work' and 'The Post-Futurist Manifesto'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Fletcher on 5 Aug 2014
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Franco "Bifo" Beradi is a long-time anarchist cultural critic and veteran of the slow decline of the Italian Left since the 1970s. This book is essentially a collection of essays built around the theme of the disappearance of faith in the future. As with all of Bifo's books it's interesting and provocative, and as with all of them it's open to some serious qualifications. Partly these are structural (a tendency to push arguments too far), partly they are stylistic (exaggeration and hyperbole) and partly they are the result of a very varying standard of translation (there are several obvious errors, and at least one case when a quote from Marx has been translated literally from German into Italian and then literally from Italian into English).
Bifo's first argument is that we have now abandoned our "faith in the future" - not in the temporal sense, of course, but in the sense that anyone born between about 1945 and 1960 had, of the world as getting better. Bifo argues that this sense disappeared abruptly in 1977, to the accompaniment of the punk rock cry of "no future". His second argument is that old fashioned capitalism, where you at least had to provide goods or services to make money, has been replaced by "semio-capitalism", where words themselves bring wealth into existence, and where all of us a reduced ti selling fragments of ourselves and our time to faceless corporations.
There's a lot of truth in these arguments, though it's not clear how they actually go together. But there are also some important weaknesses, which I'll briefly sketch.
First, the faith in progress which took root in the later nineteenth century, and was such a feature of the thirty years after 1945, was actually quite logical because it was based on lived experience.
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Berardi's Perspective 14 Oct 2014
By kevin gabrielli - Published on Amazon.com
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Berardi gives the reader an Italian view of our modern condition. With an emphasis on the day to day lived conditions of corporatist reality, one comes away with a European perspective that is unique and thought provoking.
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