Capital Is Dead. Is This Something Worse?

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It’s not capitalism, it’s not neoliberalism—what if it’s something worse?

In this radical and visionary new book, McKenzie Wark argues that the all-pervasive presence of data in our networked society has given rise to a new mode of production, one not ruled over by capitalists and their factories but by those who own and control the flow of information. Yet, if this is not capitalism anymore, could it be something worse? What if the world we're living in is more dystopian than the techno utopias of the Silicon Valley imagination? And, if this is the case, how do we find a way out? Capital Is Dead offers not only the theoretical tools to analyze this new world of information, but the ones to change it, too.

A follow-up to their groundbreaking A Hacker Manifesto, Wark takes us on a tour of our information age. Drawing on the writings of the Situationists and a range of contemporary theorists, they offer a vast panorama of the contemporary condition and the classes that control it.

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  • Wendy Liu

    This is a bit hard to rate, because it's not the most consistent text. It zigzags between wading deep into academic debates over interpretations of (e.g.) Marx, and lucidly illuminating modern-day eco...

  • quoms

    This reminds me a lot of James Burnham's The Managerial Revolution, a comparison which I doubt Wark would appreciate and which she goes to some lengths to discount (though if she has actually read Bur...

  • Adrian Mendizabal

    Vulgar Marxist extraordinaire Mckenzie Wark wrote a bullshit book that tries to invalidate Marx's 'genteel' ideas on capital simply for being outdated i.e. we don't have steam engines nowadays, what w...

  • Colin Cox

    As the title of McKenzie Wark's Capitalism Is Dead suggests, we are, despite what we might think, no longer in the throes of capitalism, instead, "This...is something worse." Wark continues, "The domi...

  • Woodaba

    A somewhat scattershot collection of essays gathered together into a loose framework arguing that our classical understanding of what "Capitalism" entails has been left so completely behind by the cha...

  • Sarah GT

    Wark proposes completely new theoretical underpinnings to understand the socio-economic system of the present. She suggests that we now live in a post-capitalist society. Far from being an utopia it i...

  • Benjamin

    "provocative and compelling" are terms that have been used to market this text, and it is certainly ambitious in its reach and in the promises it makes. Wark's move towards a class relation between 'h...

  • Thomas

    A really bad book...

  • Margo

    I read A Hacker Manifesto some years ago by the same author and was excited to see a book elaborating in that vein. Largely the book's value derives from identifying streams of Marxist/Left thought th...

  • Ond?ej Plach

    Great book, especially if you indulge in abstract theoretical thinking about class relations and contemporary leftist politics. For me, Wark was able to convince me that there may be two new classes -...