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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Clear Bright Future, by Paul Mason.   

    Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia to the imminent breakup of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some 30 years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?  

    In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a premodern understanding of the human being: one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender and to obey the demands of religious conformity.  

    If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being: a reinvention of humanism; a reassertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

    ©2019 Paul Mason (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/06/2019

    Bold and Important

    Even though I do disagree with some of the authors arguments, I still think this is a superb political commentary on our contemporary society. It downright ignores the theoretical and idealistic ignorance that I feel is so prevalent in many political books. Don't be scared by the Marxist views of the author. Even if you are not a leftist I would still highly recommend this as an important perspective on our world today.

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    • 04/09/2020

    Fantastic as usual for this author.

    Great book as always from Mason! Concise presentation of the need for radical humanism today.

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    • Mackenzie
    • 26/05/2019

    Disappointing

    I heard Mason interviewed on Talking Politics and then downloaded this item. The interview and the book offer two different views. The book is another rant with a peppering of 'facts and I gave up before I got to the 'Clear bright future'. Adma Tooze's Crashed is a better discussion.

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    • Martin
    • 26/10/2019

    Trump Bashing of an nostalgic Labour Party supporter

    Prof. Paul Mason has a most onesided view of the present. His bashing of Donald Trump and insult to many of democraticely elected world leaders is very difficult to digest! Dreaming of the eighties when the Labour Party was at its top, and condemning of neo liberalism is to easy when analyzing todays situation!
    I was following Prof. Mason on German TV and saw a reasonable analist - listening to his book convinced me of the contrary! „Liberal“is certainly not the term to describe his ideas!

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    • Daniel Romero-Posada
    • 16/12/2020

    A Vast, Sprawling defense of Humanity

    Paul Mason touches on everything from Gamer Gate, through to AI and the Paris Commune of 1871. It is a sprawling work and has a much more personal feeling than Postcapitalism does. The highest highs of the book match the terror instilled by the idea of "digital feudalism". Great listen.

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    • Francesco Maltoni
    • 10/09/2019

    compelling explanations, interesting arguments

    interesting insights for long reflection and discussion. deep thoughts but very easily explained, require very little knowledge to be understood