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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745330088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745330082
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Holloway is a Professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Crack Capitalism (Pluto, 2010), Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and The Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2011
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The walls all came tumbling down in 1989. The end of history was proclaimed, a clarion call for a New World Order. We were all to bask in the glow of the new dawn rising, the edict finally announcing a captialist end of history, a paradise on earth. Living Marxism, with the Soviet collapse, along with its dominoes, was pronounced expired. It lay supine. Dormant, lifeless on the mortary slab, it finally withered as a pale decaying corpse.

In the past twenty years there has been a minimal dividend, except a Polish plumber surplus and more physically attractive people serving behind bars. Young people uprooted by the lack of job prospects in their respective Iron Curtain countries were provided with freedom to migrate across Europe to seek work. The money sent back as remittances or drunk away to stem the tide of trauma.

Twenty plus years the West has found a new 1984 bogeyman in the hooded shape of the Moslem, another pariah state; North Korea/Iran/Venezuela and the wheels turn round and round, as we wait expectantly for the peace dividend. The weapons pointed at the East have since had their co-ordinates changed.

Capitalism swept onward throughout the world infecting China, Vietnam and the former European colonies. It was the onward rush of consumerism,

This books views the effects of this victory through the keyhole of Marx's alienated labour. It returns to the work of the Situationists (Vanegeim and De Bord) Henri Lefebvre and Hakim Bey.

The worker sells their labour for a wage for 8 hours plus, in a rite, all taken for granted measured by the ticking clock. During this time period they are induced into a psychologically coercive system where they display a work "front.
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Really, this is just diet theory for pretentious anarchists.

Holloway's voluntarism is naive at best, painful at worst. He trades in a hokey abstractions which may appeal to the 15 year old reader, but it will appeal in the same way Nietzsche's more screed-like moments are seized upon by naive atheists, or alternatively, in the same way libertarians gush over the cod-philosophizing of Ayn Rand's turgid diatribes.
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Holloway was recommended to me and did not disappoint. Contemporary critique of our dominant world econ. culture from
modern Marxist viewpoint. Useful whether one is Marxist or not.
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