Conclusion: From Postoperaismo to Postcapitalism

  • Frederick Harry Pitts
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


Assessing the political consequences of the postoperaist extrapolation from immediate changes in the content of labour the possibility of an incipient communism and capitalism’s imminent collapse, this chapter surveys the reception of postoperaist thinking in presently popular visions of a technology-aided postcapitalist future disseminated in bestselling works like Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism influential on the contemporary left. The chapter suggests that such a perspective induces a passivity that history will unfold in our favour. The New Reading of Marx, it is suggested, withdraws from explicit political commitments but, in recognising the totalising force of value’s abstract social relation, provides a better basis for necessarily pessimistic assessments of the potential for wide-scale social change resulting in an escape from capitalism, emphasising continuity of form over ceaseless change.


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  • Frederick Harry Pitts
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  1. 1.School of Economics, Finance and ManagementUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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