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Four Futures KINDLE Four Futures Author Peter Frase Ivogue.co.uk It Is Easier To Imagine The End Of The World, The Theorist Fredric Jameson Has Remarked, Than To Imagine The End Of Capitalism Jacobin Editor Peter Frase Argues That Technological Advancements And Environmental Threats Will Inevitably Push Our Society Beyond Capitalism, And Four Futures Imagines Just How This Might Look Extrapolating Possible Futures From Current Changes The World Is Now Experiencing, And Drawing Upon Speculative Fictions To Illustrate How These Futures Might Be Realized, Four Futures Examines Communism, Rentism, Socialism, And Exterminism Or In Other Words, The Socialisms We May Reach If A Resurgent Left Is Successful And The Barbarisms We May Be Consigned To If Those Movements Fail.


10 thoughts on “Four Futures

  1. says:

    Just from looking at it, you can tell that Four Futures will only describe each of its scenarios briefly This a 150 page book, after all Yet somehow the brevity disappointed me nonetheless It probably didn t help that I read it in the thoes of insomnia Not that I disagreed with what was said, nor that the choice of four options didn t seem sensible, rather that the introductionthan a fifth of the total page count set up slightly unrealistic expectations Specifically, it claimed Just from looking at it, you can tell that Four Futures will only describe each of its scenarios briefly This a 150 page book, after all Yet somehow the brevity disappointed me nonetheless It probably didn t help that I read it in the thoes of insomnia Not that I disagreed with what was said, nor that the choice of four options didn t seem sensible, rather that the introductionthan a fifth of the total page count set up slightly unrealistic expectations Specifically, it claimed to be social science fiction my absolute favourite sub genre of fiction rather than futurism Then the scenarios themselves lacked the detail and colour to really live up to that Frase was most likely trying to keep it simple, whereas I wanteddepth and density That said, I really like...


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    Science fiction is to futurism what social theory is to conspiracy theory an altogether richer,honest, andhumble enterprise Or to put it another way, it is alwaysinteresting to read an account that derives the general from the particular social theory or the particular from the general science fiction , rather than attempting to go from the general to the general futurism or the particular to the particular conspiracism.With that in mind, Frase uses science fiction and Science fiction is to futurism what social theory is to conspiracy theory an altogether richer,honest, andhumble enterprise Or to put it another way, it is alwaysinteresting to read an account that derives the general from the particular social theory or the particular from the general science fiction , rather than attempting to go from the general to the general futurism or the particular to the particular conspiracism.With that in mind, Frase uses science fiction and social theory to look at four possible futures He posits that we can end up in a world of either scarcity or abundance, alongside either hierarchy or equality This makes for four possible combinations They are Communism equality and abundance In this scenario he envisions a basic income that grows irrelevant as the tax base shrinks and as automation reduces the need for work What s lef...


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    Is there a horror movie villain you can think of that haslives than capitalism Rumors of its demise stretch back to the era of the trust busters and the Progressive Party Every time a depression or war or rival ideology seems to have the system on its knees, its limbs burst to life and someone appears to proclaim, I m back Considering the events since The Great Recession, along with growing numbers of Americans who support socialized college funding and medical insurance, this might be Is there a horror movie villain you can think of that haslives than capitalism Rumors of its demise stretch back to the era of the trust busters and the Progressive Party Every time a depression or war or rival ideology seems to have the system on its knees, its limbs burst to life and someone appears to proclaim, I m back Considering the events since The Great Recession, along with growing numbers of Americans who support socialized college funding and medical insurance, this might be another time to contemplate Capitalism s demise At least that s what Peter Frase sets out to do in this short, thought provoking look into the future.I ll admit that I was expecting something of a manifesto here, but that s not what I found Frase presents the future in an imaginative way including references to literature and sci fi movies like Star Trek and Elysium along with the thoughts of political scientists This adds levity to scenarios that are far ranging, and I think th...


  4. says:

    This book is really concise I skimmed the whole thing but was put off by his writing style from giving itattention He proposes two axes on which to understand social organization Hierarchy EqualityScarcity AbundanceHe does a business 101 comparison of the four possible quadrants in this matrix Many of his examples are drawn from sci fi novels He tries to squeeze socialism, capitalism, and communism into quadrants, but I think this was unnecessary, and didn t enhance his a This book is really concise I skimmed the whole thing but was put off by his writing style from giving itattention He proposes two axes on which to understand social organization Hierarchy EqualityScarcity AbundanceHe does a business 101 comparison of the four possible quadrants...


  5. says:

    This book is a chilling account of humanity trying to cope with the endgame of capitalism, which up to the upcoming age of climate change and automation induced unemployment, had enriched everyone s lives extraordinarily well Frase s fourth scenario, Exterminism is a horrifying amalgamation of Elysium, Atlas Shrugged, BioShock, The Terminator, Manna, and Ender s Game where the isolated wealthy elite in charge of the robots use those robots to genocide the immiserated buggers left unempl This book is a chilling account of humanity trying to cope with the endgame of capitalism, which up to the upcoming age of climate change and automation induced unemployment, had enriched everyone s lives extraordinarily well Frase s fourth scenario, Exterminism is a horrifying amalgamation of Elysium, Atlas Shrugged, BioShock, The Terminator, Manna, and Ender s Game where the isolated wealthy elite in charge of the robots use those robots to genocide the immiserated buggers left unemployed and redundant on Earth, as indirectly and guilt...


  6. says:

    In Four Futures , Peter Frase argues that 21st century Capitalism, haunted by the specters of ecological catastrophe and automation, is in a contradictory dual crisis Ecological catastrophe generates problems of scarcity, while automation generates the problems promises of abundance For Frase, it is the interaction of these two opposed dynamics that make our historical moment full of both promise and danger We can neither return to a Fordist past, nor hold on to neoliberal capitalism For In Four Futures , Peter Frase argues that 21st century Capitalism, haunted by the specters of ecological catastrophe and automation, is in a contradictory dual crisis Ecological catastrophe generates problems of scarcity, while automation generates the problems promises of abundance For Frase, it is the interaction of these two opposed dynamics that make our historical moment full of both promise and danger We can neither return to a Fordist past, nor hold on to neoliberal capitalism For Frase, something new is coming, and as Rosa Luxembourg said,...


  7. says:

    I actually used to imagine the fourth future as a kid it s scary to think that this could be our potential future The precedence we ve already seen make a lot of the ideas brought up in this book very plausible and I wonder what role I will play in shaping the future as time goes on.


  8. says:

    Peter Frase s essay is an exercise in what is commonly known as scenario planning The author himself seems to be totally agnostic about this intellectual discipline that has a rich, decades long history But that doesn t detract from his attempt to visualise a range of post capitalist futures The basic idea behind the methodology is straightforward identify a limited number of critical uncertainties and investigate how they might interact to shape different, but plausible and coherent futur Peter Frase s essay is an exercise in what is commonly known as scenario planning The author himself seems to be totally agnostic about this intellectual discipline that has a rich, decades l...


  9. says:

    Something new is coming Fuck yes this is good Short, well written exploration of what the twin challenges of automation and climate change might bring us in the future Not as prediction but as a call to arms Frase mines the history of leftist thought for useful ideas and uses recent sci fi pop culture as metaphors for exploring them The book covers a lot of ground in a small package and ties together a lot of ideas that any progressive interested in technology has likely already come acr Something new is coming Fuck yes this is good Short, well written exploration of what the twin challenges of automation and cl...


  10. says:

    There is a question which remains in the world About the future The current world is turning into political uncertainties The old political models are dying off slowly but surely A new future but still an uncertain future Frase observes in this book that there is also an increase in developments in A.I and Robotics It is feared that computers will steal our jobs Self driving cars will replace taxi and truck drivers software will replace lawyers and accountants We ll end up with a world There is a question which remains in the...


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