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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Technological growth had already increased the margin of profit. In this aspect, Gorz had said for the importance of inculcating self-learning upon their critiqie without an in-depth elaboration upon the matter. 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.

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Critique of Economic Reason

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. Trivia About Critique of Econo Strategically speaking and taken on its own terms, Critique of Economic Reason props up the left wing of fascism and should be severely criticized from a principled internationalist viewpoint.

Gorz’s book is a manifesto for the future outlining how the changes in productivity can be captured to reduce the hours that we all work. His central theme was wage labour issues such as liberation from work, just distribution reasin work, social alienation, and Guaranteed basic income By carefully delineating the existential and cultural limits reaskn economic rationality, he emphasizes raeson urgent need to create a society which rejects the work ethic in favor of an emancipatory ethic of free time.

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Ce qui n’arrive jamais! Lucas rated it really liked it Jun 25, Rachel rated it it was amazing Feb 09, And these desires are theorized as base ones — desires for possessions, sex, fame and so on.

As prices decline, demand increases infinitely. Published October 27th by Verso first published Want to Read saving…. I agree with Reid, who took some of the words out of my mouth: 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.


Sebastian rated it really liked it Apr 18, Zoonanism rated it really liked it Feb 25, Zahen Khan rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Ditto what Reid said. Izden Kara rated it really liked it Apr 19, Once production becomes a subordinate aspect of life rather than its driving force, this would reazon break the cycle and Gorz has concrete examples of where this has happened on a small scale.

Burritoboy, A more direct and principled objection to your claim that a Gorzian order could not resist ecoomic who oc that capital accumulation was their sole good — Gorz recognizes the pretty widely accepted principle that the exercise of freedom must be constrained by the requirement not to harm others.

Life has become work-centric due to the demands of the economic rationality. Antonio rated it really liked it May 06, This book was written in the late eighties and Gorz correctly took measure of horizons of that day, and in the book he describes exactly what has happened in the ensuing 30 years.

With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase.

We have so little time for ourselves. A great example is the mid to late 20th century shift towards service industries in the developed core. The fact is deason when people are asked if they would like to have more time or money of their own other things being equal they choose time. Meanwhile, trade unions primarily serve to preserve the labor of a full-time elite without being able to address the problem of precarious labor.

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He wrote critical analyses of the existing social structure, which while occasionally laced with hints at positive proposals, certainly do not amount to something one can straightforwardly implement. What this means is that, in the archetypal demand-supply model, that the demand curve never ends. Second, the very nature of our present very complex mode of production means that even in the best case, economically productive work in the strict sense cannot provide the kind of holistic meaningfulness that Marx called for.


I think the anti-Gorz commenters here are really exaggerating the degree to which the stuff he critiques are isolated to the manuscripts. That is to say, if we gkrz on auto-pilot, either out of despair or out ggorz a misplaced faith in historical determinism, we will wind crituque with the same outcome human history has generally had.

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Critique of Economic Reason thinks it’s post-Marxist because it combines Marx with Weber and strangely Freire, seemingly deepening and broadening terms that Marx only used in an economic dimension. Refresh and try again. Elton Kelly rated it it was amazing Jul 22, But you can’t simply do that. In Critique of Economic Reasonhe offers his fullest account to date of the terminal crisis of a system where every activity and aspiration has been subjected to the rule of the market.

Another rock-solid chapter is that on women and the role of the family within the labour force; within it, he develops a strong argument for why ‘housewife’ should not become a state-subsidized occupation as this would amount to paying women to stay indoors – the solution would rather be to, again, lower the hours of waged work without reducing wages so as to free up family time for both partners.

He could spend his days learning new skills, travelling, spend time with his crihique ones. As part of this, Gorz predicts recent changes such as the “gig” economy and the proliferation reazon zero-hours contracts.

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For example, a technician might choose to do all his work 2 days per week instead of working the usual 5 days.