- PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason
Allen Lane, 368 pp, £8.99, June, ISBN 978 0 14 197529 0
- Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work byNick Srnicek and Alex Williams
With the shrinking of waged labour, and the incapacity of new technologies to get the system going again owing to their in-built preference for the free and collective, capital is reduced to consuming the remains of the welfare state while frantically trying to find a way to ‘monetise’ social networks. ‘To capture the externalities in an information-heavy economy,’ Mason writes, ‘capital has to extend its ownership rights into new areas; it has to own our selves, our playlists, not just our publicised academic papers but the research we did to write them.