Getting started in chapter 1! It seems like they’re laying the ground work with credential and basics of the philosophy. Got a few good follow up readings too!
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We frame this book as a critical genealogy rather than a manifesto, one that emphasizes how important it is to trace political lineages
This is an excellent way to frame the book. The preface has been wonderful to establish history, and I’m looking forward to more!
Content warning Chapter 1 Summary
This chapter provided an excellent, though dense, overview of labor from basic needs to modern “disjointed” labor. I found it interesting how Gorz posits this separation from tangible needs as the mechanism that creates “unlimited” value, and subsequently need, for money; describing the phenomenon of the mega wealthy. I learned quite a bit of history, and have added a few “to-read” books from the citations!
Content warning Chapter 1: Metamorphoses of work
“What was new about the ‘spirit of capitalism’ was the one-dimensional, narrow way in which the capitalist entrepreneur, concerned only with the financial factors, pushed economic rationality to its extremes[.]”
Here I find myself reflecting on the hyper fixation of incorporated businesses in our modern area. As though to distill this spirit into an entity with obligations to this soul
The unequal distribution of work in the economic sphere, coupled with the unequal distribution of the free time created by technical innovations thus lead to a situation in which one section of the population is able to buy extra spare time from the other and the latter is reduced to serving the former.
I found this to be a succinct summary of the issue around assuming all rapid progress improves things - when in practice it can serve to limit others. The context around it is worth reading, but this is especially salient.