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Two Hundred Pharaohs, Five Billion Slaves Paperback – 5 Apr 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ellipsis London; New e. edition (5 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184166071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841660714
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,747,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wake-up call for world revolution and an end to billions of people working to serve the interests of roughly 200 billionaire Nothing less than a Communist Manifesto for the twenty-first century, this thoroughly researched underground classic was first published in 1999 and has been heavily plagiarised by would-be youth-movement leaders ever since. Predating the wave of corporately contrived 'anti-globalisation' books cobbled together to exploit the growing disquiet at the megawealth of today's global rich, it offers a more profoundly hopeful view of human progress than any of them. Taking off from the point at which the Situationist International of the 1960s left off, Two Hundred Pharaohs, Five Billion Slaves examines the rise of the international bourgeoisie and the creation of their world of intense leisure shopping. Starting from thesis that the whole of capitalist society can be viewed as nothing more sophisticated than a vast, unstable network of constantly rising and tumbling pyramid schemes, it highlights the fact that only a handful of socially isolated and insecure billionaires (the 'pharaohs' of its title) can hope to benefit from a system that squanders the immense potential of modern technology. The strength of this work is derived from its exposition of how this system alters our build environment and determines the very fabric of our daily lives. Avowedly 'post-utopian' in outlook Two Hundred Pharaohs comprises one of the very few attempts in literature to describe what daily life would be like in a communisti

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This is an extremely welcome, loose collection of theoretical essays that weave a coherant revolutionary thread through the twists and turns of the history of hierarchical-capitalist society. An excellent, erudite, examination of the 'historical mission of the working class', ranging from Hegelian dialectics, Marxian discourse to the late-capitalist consumer/urbanist paradises' that we call 'Shopping Malls', and the Albanian Revolution of 1997...A pleasure to read, with interesting and pertinent observations on the Pyramid-scheme nature of capital, the nature of 'fame' and boredom. A fitting piece of follow-up theory to the Situationist International Anthology. Cogent deconstructions of fascism, Stalinism and other forms of bourgeois power are made with great force, clarity and humour.
Written some eleven years ago, I can't wait for a newly revised edition of this book expanding on the nature of cybernetic capitalism, post-dot.com collapse and the crash of '08.

Exceedingly relevent to today's world, I quote-
"...industrial capitalism is the system which has brought about (the) immense possiblities...It is the most revolutionary and dynamic form yet taken by human society but as it unites us, it challenges us to overthrow it because it is owned by a tiny elite who are its ultimate beneficiaries."

All power to the world-famous proletariat!
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By Matt on 16 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a bunch of self-righteous drivel, you'll only enjoy it if you agree with the author's politics and even then you'll have to be pretty open minded to how obviously self-opinionated this guys is - little bit ridiculous really.

as for the writing, its scathing, deeply troubled and quite frankly unfair and te pictures SUCK!
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