This book is refreshing. It manages to convey important views in such way that is engaging rather than overwhelming, balancing humour with necessary thoughtfulness. I also find it quite personal (a good thing), yet experimental and bold in that it attempts at a big and widely-discussed topic from a new perspective. Introduction explains that the author offers an "overarching framework", which outlines the contemporary socio-economic setting we find ourselves in but at the same time suggests pragmatic solutions for radical change with honesty, reasonable optimism and contagious passion about current affairs. The arguments are convincing and written with eloquence however without too much jargon which can be daunting. Really good for understanding the mechanisms we are so used to that we hardly ever notice them. Also, a must-read for every Londoner who will recognise and identify with a lot that was said in the book!
This analysis of cynical neoliberal ontology is a provocative call to, 'Anonymous hacking missions, community 'supermarket sweep', smash-and-grab events, and strategic acts of violence against key sites of negative capitalism would energise a wider movement of real opposition rather than symbolic process' (Taylor 2013: 147). The aim, I interpret, is to question the limited political co-ordinates of 'negative capitalism', an Act in the Zizekian sense - what is (im)possible? The style is both accessible and challenging in it's theoretical range from Pasquinelli to Spinoza, as well as a meditative series of musings on the banality of negative capitalisms impasses, inactivity and pure cyncism in all of our everyday unconscious actions, under 'communicative capitalism'. I have been reading this along with Jodi Dean's Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics, a detailed examination of Left politics and the 'communicative capitalism' which has perpetuated the Left's inaction and the radical and revolutionary take over of the New Right and Dean's The Communist Horizon. Read together they suggest radical solutions to radical banality in both discourse, inaction and the online fantasies of contemporary Left politics. It is both depressing and one of a paradoxical optimism, an 'optimistic violence', which is really worth considering seriously, his analysis is well worth engaging with. This book was written by a twenty-four year old, which shows the various voices presented by Zer0, one of the most important series of books presently being produced in the UK, especially as a new generation of the Left: Owen Jones, Laurie Penny, Simon Hardy, and of course, J. D. Taylor. An inspiration to aspiring writers like myself. I look forward to Mark Fisher's latest publication on Zer0: Ghosts of My Life, which I have been waiting for now for a couple of years, and the next work of Taylor and the up and coming New Radical Left in the UK.