Critique of Economic Reason (Radical Thinkers) [Andre Gorz] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. André Gorz’s earlier books—from Ecology. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data. Gorz, Andre. Critique of economic reason,. L Work & leisure. Social aspects. I. Title II. Metamorphoses du travail. Critique of Economic Reason: Summary for. Trade Unionists and Other Left Activists. Andre Gorz. Chapter 3 in Labour Worldwide: Alternative Union Models in.

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Dagerman rated it really liked it Jan 31, Thus, humans will never be satisfied in modern politics. Critique of Economic Reason.

For him, a worker should receive his monthly salary regardless of how long he works – as long as he attends to his responsibilities. Miri Davidson 21 May Maybe we can just say there is a crisis of interpretation here and perhaps both readings are right with regard to a particular strand of Marxism since Marx. Rather we should take the opportunity to create a society in which we all have the opportunity to get involved in activity which has social value but which cannot Written in this is a book which prefigures the direction of the modern economy.

Then we work long hours. He does not mean that everyone should be jobless. Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Also the reaason religious component some millenarian, some not she compares to liberation theology.

Trivia About Critique of Econo I think the lesson is though, that as we have talked about many times on this blog, that there needs to be kf discussion of the liberatory potential of technology is managed well.

Best analysis of the situation of workers in regards to the predominate Economic Reason, as well as an amazing Critique of the Economics of Capitalism.

His solution logically follows his rather prescient understanding of economic history, and a case can be made that our average working hours have been decreasing, but his utopia is based on ever-rising productivity, and since it has actually been mostly falling since the earlyish nineties, his ideal is not as convincing.


The fact is that when people are forz if they would like to have more time or money of their own other things being equal they choose time. Gorz argues for the liberation of workers from crktique.

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First, one of the primary goals of economic rationality is the progressive reduction in the amount of labor necessary for production. I’m mostly indifferent towards the first half of the book, where Gorz in an exercise of immanent critique demonstrates why work hour reduction is necessary.

The limited time we have are spent on cheap thrills and instant entertainment provided by the ever-flourishing Cultural Industry that diminish any chance of personal growth. Above all, he argues that a utopian vision is now the only realistic proposal, and that “economic reason must be returned to its true—that is subordinate—place.

I also think that the existence of such a tendency in the early texts is greatly exaggerated. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation?

An interesting concept is that Gorz argues for the divorce of quantity of work to the amount of wage a worker receives. Gorz’s programme is to tackle this by sharing work and skills more equitably, and prevent the creation of an aristocracy of labour dividing society between those who have work and those who don’t.

Gorz pursues a similar line of reasoning to that worked through by Srnicek and Williams in “Inventing the Future”.

Written in this is a book which prefigures the direction of the modern economy.

His solution logically follows his rather prescient understanding of economic The first portion of the book covers the history of “economic reasoning” and it meshes perfectly with where we are currently at. A Guide to our Radical Thinkers! Ditto what Reid said. Glean from it the cirtique critically analysing liberal co-optation of socialist efforts but keep his own professed socialism at a distance.


He presents a practical strategy for reducing the working week, and develops a radical version of a guaranteed wage for all. In fact, we can see that the three way division between those with full time work, those in precarious jobs, and those ceonomic is exactly how the structure of the economy is developing. Sebastian deason it really critque it Apr 18, I think the anti-Gorz commenters here are really exaggerating the degree to which the stuff he critiques are isolated to the manuscripts.

In Praise of Disobedience. Benjamin rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Marx said that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. Published October 27th by Verso first published Therefore, for the remaining 3 days, other technicians can take his job.

While we are talking the working day — this is a really good practical suggest on this from my favourite think tank the New Economics Foundation:.

Critique of Economic Reason by André Gorz

Return to Book Page. Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis. Despite being incorrect about productivity gains I couldn’t recommend this book more. To the economicc that I am able as a pastor of a church, I have tried to modify our office hours to allow our employees more free time.

The decreasing need for labor power in economic production only ensures that this division will become more and more severe as time goes on.