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5.0 out of 5 stars How the west was won., 19 July 2010
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Archie B. Manvell "RM" (Provincial UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The New Spirit of Capitalism (Paperback)
This book is a superb introduction to the way capitalism has reordered itself in the workplace in the neo-liberal era.As such it gives useful insights into the growth of network capitalism and the delayering of bureaucratic structures. However its most useful insights concern the way this was sold to people who were disenchanted with old style bureaucracies and their lack of freeedom. These resentments were played on via the redeploying of an originally leftist critique of alienation to serve the interests of capital. Thus desires for freedom, flexibility, autonomy and greater responsibility were used to convince people of the validity of the project. Here is the books great value for the left as it points towards some of the reasons right wing thinking has made such great strides in the last three decades; it also points towards the necessity of an non statist left response something left politicians have been astonishingly slow to come to terms with.
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