In Nowtopia, Chris Carlsson uncovers resistance and rebellion amidst fractions of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely self-identifying as mere "workers," people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of work in their "free" "non-work" time in order to create immediate practical improvements in daily life. And, these myriad initiatives constitute a thorough-going refusal of politics and economics as usual. In Nowtopia, Marx's concept of the General Intellect is freshly applied to the disparate initiatives that are percolating largely out of public sight. Building on the investigative methodology developed by autonomist Marxists in Europe and the U.S.A., Carlsson recontextualizes the so-called "middle class" as an example of working class recomposition. With the practical rebellions outlined in this book, Carlsson posits a deeper challenge to the basic epistemological underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically-driven politics emerges from below to reshape our assumptions about science, technology and human behavior. (lampbane)
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