Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

by J.D. Taylor


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Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era by J.D. Taylor

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the current economic crisis. Through a ranging series of analyses and perspectives, it argues that cynicism has become culturally embedded in the UK and US as an effect of disempowerment by neoliberal capitalism. Yet despite the deprivation and collapse of key social infrastructure like representative democracy, welfare, workers' rights and equal access to resources, there has so far been no collective, effective and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is this? The book's central call is for new strategies that unravel this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the artwork of Laura Oldfield Ford. Negative Capitalism's polemic is written to incite responses against the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780992600
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2013
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

J.D. Taylor is a writer and community worker from London. He has been active in the recent university fees protests, and he blogs at Drowned and Saved.

Table of Contents

The Argument 1

1 What is Negative Capitalism? 4

2 Power versus Life: the Melancholia of Control 28

3 Neoliberalism; Or, the Economic Politic of Negative Capitalism 49

4 Debt: An Idiot's Guide to Defaulting the Future 62

5 Anxiety Machines 71

6 Perverted by Language 89

7 Generation Meh 102

8 New Flesh: Non-places and Gonzo Porn 110

9 The Drowned and the Saved 128

10 Conclusion: A Politics of the Zoo 138

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