“The theory of value introduced in this book abandons the dialectic, and seems to justify the capitalist mode of production via a sort of Millian utilitarianism, where the concept of ‘happiness’ is replaced by ‘social validation.’ Eventually, the crises of overproduction – necessary within the capitalist mode of production – would be deduced from ‘social validation,’ i.e., from an effect, and not from intrinsic causal laws.” (Dario Cositore, Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 19 (4), December, 2020)“This book rejects the idea that we have entered a postcapitalist reality as at best wishful thinking and pure ideology at worst. Pitts looks into the eye of the storm that is brewing all around us, laying bare the sheer unrest of life in a system of wealth in which money only counts as more money. A remarkable book.
” (Werner Bonefeld, Professor of Politics, University of York)
“This book challenges postoperaismo’s overestimation of workers’ power and its recent reception in postcapitalist dreams of an automated future. Maturing in these pages is a new way to read Marx and understand resistance in a money-dominated world.” (Ana Dinerstein, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Bath)
“Too much fashionable thinking on the left lacks rigour and an appreciation of the history of Marxist thought. This is especially the case when we consider value theory and alternative approaches to the world of work. In contrast this exceptional book knows its subject matter- and demands to be read by anyone who claims allegiance to the contemporary left.” (Jon Cruddas MP, Visiting Professor, Centre of Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, University of Leicester)