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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work Paperback – 13 Oct 2015

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (13 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784780960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784780968
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A conceptual launch pad for a new socialist imagination.”
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

“Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ project dares to propose a different way of thinking and acting. Given the fizzling of the Occupy moment, a radical rethinking of the anarchic approach is badly needed but just not happening. This book could do a lot of work in getting that rethink going.”
Doug Henwood, author of Wall Street

“A powerful book: it not only shows us how the postcapitalist world of rapidly improving technology could make us free, but it also shows us how we can organise to get there. This is a must-read.”
Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

“Srnicek and Williams demonstrate how a sustainable economic future is less a question of means than of imagination. The postcapitalist world they envision is utterly attainable, if we can remember that we have been inventing the economy all along.”
Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

“Neoliberalism and austerity seem to reign supreme—the idea of a society not run for profit seems impossible. Or does it? The fascinating Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams argues for a radical transformation of society.”
Owen Jones, New Statesman books of the year 2015

“A future free from work might seem unrealistic, but it is actually the elephant in the room that [David] Cameron et al. would rather you ignored. Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ fabulous study opened my eyes to the role technology might play in making society possible again.”
Peter Fleming, author of the Mythology of Work, from the Times Higher Education Supplement

“Inventing the Future is exactly what we need right now. With immense patience and care, it sets out a clear and compelling vision of a postcapitalist society. Equally importantly, it lays out a plausible programme which can take us from 24/7 capitalist immiseration to a world free of work.”
Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

“Most important book of 2015.″
Aaron Bastani, co-founder of Novara Media

"A fascinating book about an alternative to austerity: can't wait to read it." - Owen Jones

“Inventing the Future is unapologetically a manifesto, and a much-overdue clarion call to a seriously disorganized metropolitan left to get its shit together, to start thinking — and arguing — seriously about what is to be done…It is hard to deny the persuasiveness with which the book puts forward the positive contents of a new and vigorous populism; in demanding full automation and universal basic income from the world system, they also demand the return of utopian thinking and serious organization from the left.” – Ian Lowrie, The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work, offers an ambitious, thoughtfully creative and meticulously researched blueprint for a new strategy toward building a mass global movement to counter the hegemony of neoliberal capitalism…Srnicek and Williams offer a profoundly thoughtful, meticulously analyzed contribution to this body of work. Most importantly, they offer a glimmer of hope that the future is something that might still be invented by us, not imposed from above.” – PopMatters

“Inventing the Future is both accessible and original” – Nicholas Korody, Archinect


“I love the way [Srnicek and Williams] talk about a basic income as something really transformative” – Caroline Lucas MP

“As well as books such as Guy Standing’s The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism (2015), one recent text is talked about more than most among people interested in UBI. Inventing the Future was published last year and has already created significant buzz in leftwing circles” – John Harris, Guardian

“This is a book I’ve been waiting for...The purpose of neo-liberalism is to cancel the future, where tomorrow looks exactly like today only with more stuff and more debt. To hell with that! Our lives are too short and too precious to exist in this Matrix. Please read the book, tell others to read it and let’s invent our future.” – Neal Lawson, Compass


“In Inventing the Future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams take on the two key questions of the left, if I can characterise them broadly: why are we so bad at saying stuff, and do we have anything to say? Their diagnoses of the shortcomings of what they call ‘folk politics,’ are perceptive, clear, brutal, but respectful. Their prescription for the future can seem vertiginously sudden—you’ll need to either get on board with a basic citizen’s income, or form a better refutation than ‘it sounds expensive,’ and fast. But critically, they identify our urgent task: to own modernity.” – Zoe Williams, Guardian

About the Author

Nick Srnicek is a Teaching Fellow in Geopolitics and Globalisation at University College London, a PhD graduate in International Relations from LSE, and a co-editor of The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. Alex Williams is a PhD student at the University of East London working on a thesis entitled Complexity & Hegemony.


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