Work in the Post-Industrial World
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Mészáros’ analysis of the contemporary capitalist system is one in which he emphasizes how the utility-maximizing thesis has worked to destroy the marketplace. Rather than create efficiency, or the “best price/best value” for produced goods, having convinced individuals to act in their own narrow interests in order to maximize this personal utility has created a set of difficulties in the post-industrial world. These difficulties have exacerbated the traditional Marxist view of human alienation and taken them to a much higher level. Mészáros claims that work in the contemporary world needs to be thought through in a different way, and that mass education and mass society can provide avenues for that “working through.”
KeywordsCivil Society Everyday Life Individual Freedom Human Freedom Economic Sphere
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