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Paths to Paradise: On the Liberation from Work

by Gorz, André (1985)


We are moving into a world where a power elite allocates jobs: where commodities buy consumers: where socialist as well as capitalist dogma is an obstacle to comprehension. In this book, Andre Gorz returns to Marx's Grundrisse and the prophecy of early nineteenth century socialists and re-discovers a vision of post-capitalist society founded on the automation of work and the transcending of the exchange economy. He argues that we have reached the precise stage where these utopian insights become a reality. If the socialist movement is to have something to say to a generation whose identity is no longer shaped at work, it must grasp these insights.

Key Passage

all reductions in public responsibility for social costs accentuate social inequalities and, especially, the visibility of these inequalities: the brutal elimination of the less fortunate by the better-off, the violence of social relations in the struggle for scarce resources (like air, space, light, cleanliness), the obscene privileges of wealth and power (p.221)


Socialism, Capitalism, Capital, Marx, Marxism, Grundrisse, Post-Capitalism, Automation, Utopia


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