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FREE EBOOKS | Ends Sep 30th

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We've made The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood, Work Without the Worker by Phil Jones, and Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han FREE to download until September 30 at 11:59PM EST.

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All books are 40% off as part of our Student Reading Sale. Ends September 30 at 11:59PM EST. See all our student reading lists here.
 

Capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor simply an extension of age-old practices of trade and commerce. It is a late and localized product of very specific historical conditions, which required great transformations in social relations and in the relationship between humans and nature.

We are told that the future of work will be increasingly automated. Algorithms, processing massive amounts of information at startling speed, will lead us to a new world of effortless labour and a post-work utopia of ever expanding leisure. But behind the gleaming surface stands millions of workers, often in the Global South, manually processing data for a pittance.

Byung-Chul Han, a star of German philosophy, discusses all the facets of neoliberal psychopolitics fuelling our contemporary crisis of freedom.