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What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? Through an exhilarating mix of philosophical and psychoanalytical theory and reportage – from the suicide epidemic in Korea to the wave of American mass murders – the prominent Italian thinker Franco “Bifo” Berardi traces the social roots of the mental malaise of our age. His darkest and most unsettling book to date, Berardi proposes dystopian irony as a strategy to disentangle ourselves from the deadly embrace of neoliberalism.
About the Author
Franco “Bifo” Berardi was the founder of the pirate radio station Radio Alice in 1976. One of the most prominent members of Autonomia, Berardi worked closely with the French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari throughout the 1980s. His latest books in English are The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy; The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance; and After the Future.
Table of Contents
Four Notes in Guise of a Prologue 1
1 The Joker 9
2 Humanity Is Overrated 29
3 Winning for a Moment 45
4 Cho's Psychosphere 59
5 What Is a Crime? 75
6 The Automaton 93
7 Memory 119
8 You People Will Never Be Safe 137
9 Suicidal Wave 155
10 A Journey to Seoul 185
11 What Should We Do When Nothing Can Be Done? 199