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Clear Bright Future : A Radical Defence of the Human Being - Paul Mason

Clear Bright Future

A Radical Defence of the Human Being

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2019
ISBN: 9780241320105
Number Of Pages: 368

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Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia, to the imminent break-up of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some thirty years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?

In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a pre-modern understanding of the human being- one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights, and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender, and to obey the demands of religious conformity.

If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being- a reinvention of humanism; a re-assertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

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Deeply engaging ... a worthy successor to Marx -- Praise for POSTCAPITALISM, David Runciman * Guardian *
The most important book about economy and society to be published in my lifetime -- Praise for POSTCAPITALISM, Irvine Welsh

ISBN: 9780241320105
ISBN-10: 0241320100
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1

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