What's Left of the World
For long-term viability the left must move beyond identity emotivism and articulate a larger worldview.
In 1960, Paul Goodman argued that the Fordist system that treated people as mere cogs in a machine had created a profound unhappiness in young people and in American society as a whole.
More than half a century later, professor David Blacker recognizes that decades of neoliberalism have pushed young people beyond unhappiness and into a collective identity crisis. Overall, Americans no longer feel needed to do jobs that had previously anchored them in society and are becoming disconnected and purposeless. The proliferation of new identities, based not on work but on consumption, is symptomatic of neoliberalism and its hyper-commodification and deregulation of everyday life.
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From a difficult beginning, the book manages to break through the soil and flower into something incredibly interesting. I kind of want to hand out copies, but the list of people who need to read it is too large and unfortunately I think those who could benefit most probably wouldn't read it because of how well it challenges their perspectives! This is a book worth reading. Full review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2734745668 ~ Ellie Strickland, GoodReads
A very timely and painstakingly done book. Interesting and well done, very highly informative and has a lot pf effort put in. The post modern style is very well done. ~ Tasnima Yasmin, NetGalley