By Nick Dyer-Witheford
'In this hugely readable and thought-provoking paintings, Nick Dyer-Witheford assesses the relevance of Marxism in our time and demonstrates how the data age, faraway from transcending the old clash among capital and its laboring matters, constitutes the most recent battleground of their come across. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of recent capitalism, displaying how capital relies for its operations not only on exploitation within the fast place of work, yet at the non-stop integration of an entire sequence of social websites and actions, from public healthiness and maternity to normal source allocation and the geographical reorganization of work strength. He additionally indicates how those websites and actions might turn into focal issues of subversion and insurgency, as new technique of verbal exchange very important for the sleek circulate of capital additionally allow differently remoted and dispersed issues of resistance to attach and mix with one another'.'Cutting throughout the smokescreen of high-tech propaganda, Dyer-Witheford predicts the appearance of a reinvented, 'autonomist' Marxism that might rediscover the potential of a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian offers of the knowledge revolution, he discloses the genuine prospects for a brand new social order within the type of a twenty-first-century communism in keeping with the typical sharing of wealth'.
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48 Even those who don't share these high hopes tend to see global disparities being rectified by a trickle-down economics in which huge technologically-generated increases in productivity, although at first concentrated in the developed world, will eventually be disseminated across the planet. 7. The information revolution marks not only a new phase in human civilisation but also a new stage in the development of life itself. "49 The steady transfer of human abilities to machines will, it is argued, lead to the production of technologies whose capacities exceed those of their creator.
12 This rebuttal proceeds not by a simple rejection of Marx, but by an ingenious recuperation. 13 Bell proposes that there are actually two contradictory "schemas" in Marx's analysis of capitalism. The first, best-known, is the "revolutionary" prediction of sharpening class contradictions, market anarchy and deepening crisis contained in volume one of Capital. The second, Bell claims, is suggested in the later volumes, and envisages a quite different "rationalising" tendency, glimpsed by Marx but better understood by theorists such as Max Weber, a tendency apparent in the separation of professional management from capitalist ownership, the rise of a `middle' class, the bureaucratisation of enterprise, and the spread of stockholding.
18 He toys with the idea that the "knowledge class" will become a new ruling class, only to regretfully retreat from this suggestion. But in any case its appearance is sufficient to nullify Marx's prediction of war between capital and labour, smoothing the sharp edges of bipolar class antagonism so as to make the idea of communist revolution a quaint anachronism. The post-industrial prophecy thus projects into an imminent future the very conditions of stabilisation which the "end of ideology" thesis had mistakenly declared already achieved.