The Capitalistic Mentality and the Politics of Radical Reform


1. For an excellent exploration of the pervasiveness of consumption in the twenty-first century and its relation to consciousness, see Jonathan Crary’s 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (Verso, 2014).

2. Ellen Meiksins Wood, Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism (Verso, [1995] 2016).

3. Erich Fromm, The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil (Harper & Row, 1964).

4. See Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) and Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic Books, 2015).

5. A great discussion of the potential benefits and drawbacks of certain automation trends relevant to radical left politics can be found in Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (Verso, 2015).