Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

Four Futures Life After Capitalism It is easier to imagine the end of the world the theorist Fredric Jameson has remarked than to imagine the end of capitalism Jacobin Editor Peter Frase argues that technological advancements and env

  • Title: Four Futures: Life After Capitalism
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  • It is easier to imagine the end of the world, the theorist Fredric Jameson has remarked, than to imagine the end of capitalism Jacobin Editor Peter Frase argues that technological advancements and environmental threats will inevitably push our society beyond capitalism, and Four Futures imagines just how this might look Extrapolating possible futures from current cha It is easier to imagine the end of the world, the theorist Fredric Jameson has remarked, than to imagine the end of capitalism Jacobin Editor Peter Frase argues that technological advancements and environmental threats will inevitably push our society beyond capitalism, and Four Futures imagines just how this might look Extrapolating possible futures from current changes the world is now experiencing, and drawing upon speculative fictions to illustrate how these futures might be realized, Four Futures examines communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism or in other words, the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Just from looking at it, you can tell that ‘Four Futures’ will only describe each of its scenarios briefly. This a 150 page book, after all. Yet somehow the brevity disappointed me nonetheless. (It probably didn’t help that I read it in the thoes of insomnia.) Not that I disagreed with what was said, nor that the choice of four options didn’t seem sensible, rather that the introduction (more than a fifth of the total page count) set up slightly unrealistic expectations. Specifically, it [...]

    2. Science fiction is to futurism what social theory is to conspiracy theory: an altogether richer, more honest, and more humble enterprise. Or to put it another way, it is always more interesting to read an account that derives the general from the particular (social theory) or the particular from the general (science fiction), rather than attempting to go from the general to the general (futurism) or the particular to the particular (conspiracism).With that in mind, Frase uses science fiction and [...]

    3. This book is really concise. I skimmed the whole thing but was put off by his writing style from giving it more attention. He proposes two axes on which to understand social organization:Hierarchy --> EqualityScarcity --> AbundanceHe does a business 101 comparison of the four possible quadrants in this matrix. Many of his examples are drawn from sci-fi novels. He tries to squeeze socialism, capitalism, and communism into quadrants, but I think this was unnecessary, and didn't enhance his a [...]

    4. This book is a chilling account of humanity trying to cope with the "endgame" of capitalism, which up to the upcoming age of climate change and automation-induced unemployment, had enriched everyone's lives extraordinarily well. Frase's fourth scenario, "Exterminism" is a horrifying amalgamation of Elysium, Atlas Shrugged, BioShock, The Terminator, Manna, and Ender's Game - where the isolated wealthy elite in charge of the robots use those robots to genocide the immiserated "buggers" left unempl [...]

    5. Is there a horror movie villain you can think of that has more lives than capitalism? Rumors of its demise stretch back to the era of the trust-busters and the Progressive Party. Every time a depression or war or rival ideology seems to have the system on its knees, its limbs burst to life and someone appears to proclaim, "I'm back!"Considering the events since The Great Recession, along with growing numbers of Americans who support socialized college funding and medical insurance, this might be [...]

    6. In "Four Futures", Peter Frase argues that 21st century Capitalism, haunted by the specters of ecological catastrophe and automation, is in a contradictory dual crisis. Ecological catastrophe generates problems of scarcity, while automation generates the problems/promises of abundance. For Frase, it is the interaction of these two opposed dynamics that make our historical moment full of both promise and danger. We can neither return to a "Fordist" past, nor hold on to neoliberal capitalism. For [...]

    7. I actually used to imagine the fourth future as a kid - it's scary to think that this could be our potential future. The precedence we've already seen make a lot of the ideas brought up in this book very plausible and I wonder what role I will play in shaping the future as time goes on.

    8. Peter Frase’s essay is an exercise in what is commonly known as 'scenario planning’. The author himself seems to be totally agnostic about this intellectual discipline that has a rich, decades-long history. But that doesn’t detract from his attempt to visualise a range of post-capitalist futures. The basic idea behind the methodology is straightforward: identify a limited number of critical uncertainties and investigate how they might interact to shape different, but plausible and coherent [...]

    9. “Something new is coming.”Fuck yes this is good. Short, well-written exploration of what the twin challenges of automation and climate change might bring us in the future. Not as prediction but as a call to arms. Frase mines the history of leftist thought for useful ideas and uses recent sci-fi pop culture as metaphors for exploring them. The book covers a lot of ground in a small package and ties together a lot of ideas that any ‘progressive’ interested in technology has likely already [...]

    10. There is a question which remains in the world: About the future. The current world is turning into political uncertainties. The old political models are dying off slowly but surely. A new future but still an uncertain future. Frase observes in this book that there is also an increase in developments in A.I. and Robotics. It is feared that computers will steal our jobs. Self-driving cars will replace taxi and truck drivers; software will replace lawyers and accountants. We’ll end up with a wor [...]

    11. This was a great read. So great, in fact, that I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day. It felt like the exact book that I needed at this moment. It answered the still lingering question: What's next? Where do we go from here? The biggest takeaway for me was the importance of a universal basic wage. If you have a knee-jerk reaction to the notion of people getting paid for doing nothing, then you should read this book. Technology will inevitably continue to replace workers and drive down the [...]

    12. This is a disturbing, if not prescient, book. As the title makes clear, Frase outlines 4 possible post-capitalism futures: 1. A utopia of equality and abundance envisioned by Keynes in which all share in the fruits of a society without work. The idea of the elimination of work, while popular, seems ill considered. We will not easily automate home construction, the work of tradesman or menial work such as housework. 2. What Frase terms "rentism" where a wealthy class owns the technology that prod [...]

    13. I am often astonished at the power of a really simple futuring technique - such as 2x2 matrices - to generate such interesting results. This book represents one such exercise. There are many of the conclusions that I don't agree with, there are some parts where I feel that the model is ill-defined, but the overall product is one that ought to commend our attention.The basic premise of the book - that the liberal order established by the Washington Consensus has moved beyond it's shelf life. It's [...]

    14. Me parece que el autor propone una vertiente de izquierda política, con mucha inteligencia. Congruencia y sobre todo con propuestas. Qué quisiéramos de un futuro mucho más común. Compartido y sobre todo incluyente. Me voló la cabeza de que el capitalismo se basa en la propiedad privada de las ideas. Creo que es algo que he venido replicando con mis alumnos y que incluso ahora, me parece sumamente peligroso. Un gran libro para reflexionar, ameno y de disfrutable lectura. ____It seems to me [...]

    15. I read this book very quickly, which I consider both a positive and a negative. On one hand Frase's ideas and how he structured the book definitely held my interest and offered food for thought. Already the equality/hierarchy and abundance/scarcity axises Frase describes have sparked some fascinating (if gloomy) conversation with friends and family. However, I was also frustrated with the book's sometimes brief and shallow treatment of issues and ideas. I found myself using it more as an annotat [...]

    16. A must read. Thoughtful, economic analysis of where we are heading under the growning problems of climate change, technological innovation, and the undermining of democracy. Does not even pretend to imagine that capitalism will survive the onslaught.

    17. Frustrating making odd leaps of logic that can't be supported by history. But interesting at the same time. And it does ask interesting questions and at least tries to point out potential answers

    18. Very interesting but, at many points, not very insightful. I found the arguments for the plausibility of the hierarchical scenarios (rentism and exterminism) compelling, but the egalitarian futures seemed to lack thorough description and plausible transitions (UBI leading to communism w/o revolution? Seriously?). Ultimately, this is a worthwhile read for considering how the increasingly distorted conceptions of property rights might gently lead the human race towards barbarism in the coming cent [...]

    19. This book describes four possibilities in a society where automation has all but eliminated the need for our current capitalism. The split occurs among 'two axes': equality and scarcity. In this order, the book presents all four combinations of equality and scarcity-High equality and low scarcity (communism)-Low equality and high scarcity (rentism)-High equality and high scarcity (socialism)-Low equality and high scarcity (exterminism)This book does a great job at synthesizing contemporary and c [...]

    20. What is waiting for us in the future? Scarcity or abundance? And who is going to decide if we are going to share whatever there is to share? The author points out 4 different futures (communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism) and explains how they could be brought on. Scary.Cosa ci aspetta nel futuro piú o meno prossimo? Una carestia o il regno dell'abbondanza? E chi saranno coloro che decideranno se eventualmente farci partecipi di quanto avanza? L'autore ipotizza 4 diversi futuri possibi [...]

    21. O futuro não nos parece animador, neste início de 2017. Four Futures olha para o futuro combinando dois desafios à humidade cujo impacto se faz sentir, hoje. Primeiro, o espectro das alteraçõe climáticas, com as suas consequências nos recursos e vida humana. Depois, a automação e seus impactos nas relações laborais. O livro pega nestas duas forças e analisa os seus impactos numa matriz que assume como premissa que, condicionantes físicas à parte, as principais consequências destas [...]

    22. Peter Frase takes as a given that capitalism is going to end (a contention worth debating) and then explores four scenarios of what might replace it. Automation is going to wreak havoc on standard assumptions around "work" as well as the production and distribution of goods. As challenges to the status quo lurk in technology, so, too, do they in ecology, with the climate crisis the most salient. Accordingly, Frase divides his futures in a 2x2 grid of equality vs. hierarchy and abundance vs. scar [...]

    23. Verso's Jacobin series is supposed to bring you interesting "interrogations of politics, economics, and culture from a socialist perspective," and by that definition, Four Futures succeeds. I found this title to be a decent launch point for some needed conversations.But as a book, it's a little lacking. This would be more successful as a long form article (which I think this and maybe all of the titles in the series are). Tying the imaginations of the four futures to various popular scifi univer [...]

    24. Climate change is coming, and it'll inexorably change our society. But there are two big questions to be decided over the next half-century: will technological abundance outpace the ecological devastation, and who will benefit from the fruits of that abundance?Depending on how each question breaks, Frase posits four possible futures. If we're lucky and technology delivers a solution to the carbon crisis, then we'll be living in abundance; if everyone gets to share in that abundance we'll have co [...]

    25. I feel like I am overselling this short and rather simple work by giving it five stars but it really does succinctly give a strong overview of the fact that we are very obviously living in a time where capitalism as we know it is dying. Frase gives us four speculative visions of where this could go, two positive and two dystopian. He effectively argues that communism is possible in a post-automation world which would remove most of the practical problems with the system and he also effectively a [...]

    26. Frase is pretty certain that capitalism is on the way out. In this book, one he likens to science fiction (maybe to avoid being called a failed profit, one who made predictions that didn’t come true like the Manifesto or the Economic Possibilities of Our Grandchildren, perhaps? Perhaps not). The thing is that as the current mode of production and distributing resources burns itself out, there are multiple ways that this can go. Frase draws two axes, one between abundance and scarcity and anoth [...]

    27. An interesting look at a few possibilities for our future. The author is careful not to make any specific predictions, and, in my opinion, it's better for that. Those sorts of predictions are always garbage anyway, which means that focusing on possibilities, rather than probabilities, is a more productive way of thinking about the future. It pretty much fits with my view of what might happen in the future, too. There's both opportunity and peril in the future, and we have to change things signif [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this brief excursion into some of the possible futures we could witness within the coming few decades or so. Peter Frase peppers his theories with elements of pop culture and history that make the situations described within more relatable and easy to imagine, thus making the book a breeze to go through. I actually found myself a bit sad to see it end, but the final message contained within regarding carving out the path to the future we wish most to achieve definitely resonated [...]

    29. Fascinating meditation on what might come after capitalism based on the two axes of equality and hierarchy and abundance and scarcity. Highly recommended for those pondering our economic future as humans.

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