Radical Happiness: A Reading List
In an era of increasing individualism and compounding crises, misery is abundant. And endless commodification, where problems and their solutions pop up on an ever-accelerating conveyor belt of lotions and potions, does little to tackle the underlying problems of alienation. In the face of it all, we call for a radical happiness. A happiness rooted in collective joy that celebrates interdependence, care for the natural world, and bringing the good life to all.
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See our Gift Guide and all our reading lists, including The Year in 10 Books, Radicalize Your Niblings, Radical Happiness, Tis the Season to Abolish the Family, Understanding the Cost of Living Crisis, Christianity and Anticapitalism.
A passionate call to rediscover the political and emotional joy that emerges when we share our lives.
A plan to save the earth and bring the good life to all. We must humbly accept that humanity cannot fully understand or control the earth—but we can plan new energy systems, large-scale rewilding, and food production for the common good.
A novel about getting by and having fun in a system that wants you to do neither. Happy Hour is a wonderful, hilarious, pleasurably exhausting reminder of what it is to be young in a big city.
A vision for a truly caring world. We are all dependent on each other, and only by nurturing these interdependencies can we cultivate a world in which each and every one of us can not only live but thrive.
Emma Dowling charts the multifaceted nature of care in the modern world, from the mantras of self-care and what they tell us about our anxieties to the state of the social care system.
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At a time when work-related stress and exhaustion are endemic, it is clear that a new approach to employment is required — one based on collective freedom and human potential, providing scope for the many to achieve a happier, more fulfilling life.
The luddites are right about why you hate your job. Technology in the workplace is often touted as as of benefit to the workers, in reality it is a weapon in class struggle from above.
A radical manifesto about doing what you love. Andy Merrifield offers a passionate tribute to the revolutionary spirit of the amateur—a figure who thinks outside the box, takes risks, dreams the impossible dream, seeks independence, and carves out a new world.
Life after capitalism that demands a postcapitalist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.
Why are we so interested in measuring happiness? The Happiness Industry is a shocking and brilliantly argued warning about the new religion of the age: our emotions.