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I can manage thanks
on 4 August 2012
Those who have benefited from the capitalist explosion have found like King Midas an abundance of dreams fulfilled, but a nagging problem remains, firslty these volk need to be worshipped as having status, secondly they need to inhabit environments where they are reminded of their status.
This book unpicks the relentless will to power, by returning back to "The Sane Society" Erich Fromm 1955 to retracethe steps of the capital human crunching machine. Initiative, ideas, innovation have been smashed as Weber predicted within the monolithic bureaucracies, people reduced to cyphers and water carriers.
The result is, as Marx predicted, work alienation, a theme relentlessly pursued by Fromm. Now the capitalist puritans have recognised their grand folly and retraced their way backwards by promoting a future. Nothing about the Frankfurt School, Mar or Weber in here though. All based on management erasure of the past and recreate the present. The book has ideas for change- the trouble is- like many of these books-
Capitalism requires a relentless autistic personality type to aspire and manipulate objects to create rapacity and enact the killer instinct. Wanting a more humane capitalist approach is needed to save us all from extinction and the revolution has to be personal rather than economic. There fore this book swings in the balance between polarities. Rather than chastise its shortcomings I will promote its vision and give it five.
However my past experience of the care sector, NHS and Charity tells me initiative is the last thing that is needed within the current construct. However these practices need to be transcended and this book is another bullet in the breach of the gun that blasts down the wall of inertia, bullying, humiliation and un pretty vacancy.