By Nikos Sotirakopoulos

This e-book explores adjustments within the values and ideas of a giant a part of the political Left in fresh many years. the writer identifies wondering of the benefits of financial development; an excellent of environmental sustainability overriding the outdated radical visions of fabric abundance; a critique of instrumental cause; a suspiciousness in the direction of universalist claims; and an attachment to subjective and pluralistic identities, were dominant within the narratives of the Leftist milieu and of social movements. 

Yet the writer means that such alterations, referred to as ‘lifestyle activism’, should be understood differently, one characterized by way of suspiciousness in the direction of the idea that human motion guided via cause can lead society in the direction of a destiny that would be larger and extra prosperous. utilizing quite a number case experiences from the 1960's to the current day anti-austerity movement, Sotirakopoulos  argues that the hot Left and its ideological heirs might be understood now not lots as a continuation, yet as an inversion from the outdated Left and, most significantly, from humanistic visions of modernity. 

The publication will consequently be perfect studying for college kids and researchers of political sociology, radical politics, smooth political ideologies, contentious politics and political thought and to  scholars of recent social hobbies and the recent Left.

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Their basic identity with the underlying orientation of capitalism must be repeatedly shown. Workers’ management of production and society and the power of workers’ councils as the necessary form of socialism should be demonstrated and illustrated […]. It ought to be shouted from the rooftops that socialism is not a backyard of leisure attached to the industrial prison, or transistors for the prisoners, but the destruction of the industrial prison itself.  131) 32 The Rise of Lifestyle Activism Thus, Castoriadis seems close to the tradition of left communism, following figures such as Otto Ruhle, Paul Mattick and Anton Pannekoek (Landmann 1977, p.

For Ayn Rand, the highlight that captures the philosophical battle in the 1960s took place in the summer of 1969, when hundreds of thousands gathered in Cape Kennedy in Florida to witness the launch of Apollo 11 carrying astronauts to the moon, whereas a month later some 300,000 of people gathered in Woodstock for the three-day music festival. The participants in these two events personify the Apollonian and the Dionysian tendencies in American society.  101–2). The important role of emotions and feelings in the 1960s mobilizations (and in the social movements that sprang up in the following decades), characterized by Peter Schwartz as ‘militant emotionalism’ (1999, p.

If yes, this presumes that they will be able to sell their shares. But this is capitalism in everything but name. In addition, workers’ self-management is not necessarily politically edgy, as it can also be materialized in capitalism, in the form of co-ops (a business model that has had some limited success). The possible alternatives are even less clear in the sphere of consumption. In what kind of society will the people not fall for ‘consumerism’ and the ‘alienation of mass culture’? Even if somehow the profit-motive is taken away, who could restrain the production of soap-operas or westerns and their ‘consumption’ by the masses?

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