By Michael Calderbank
Next Saturday 28th November will see the UK launch of the Socialist Register 2021 – on the theme Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living, edited by Leo Panitch & Greg Albo Published by Merlin Press
Saturday November 28th, 2020 **NOW STARTING AT 4pm**
Sponsored by Red Pepper and Tribune Magazine
with Grace Blakeley, Ursula Huws, John McDonnell MP and more…
As digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades the 21st century, it not only refashioned our ways of communicating but of working and consuming, indeed ways of living. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic revealed not only the lack of investment, planning and preparation that underlay the scandalous slowness of the responses by states around the world, but also grotesque class and racial inequalities as it coursed its way through the population, the owners of high-tech corporations were enriched by tens of billions of dollars. Rejecting both technological determinism and facile ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking, the 57th annual volume of the Socialist Register addresses how to imagine, struggle for, and plan for, new democratic socialist ways of living after the pandemic.
Hilary Wainwright & Leo Panitch
UK essay contributors:
Grace Blakeley ‘The big tech monopolies and the state’
Ursula Huws ‘Reaping the whirlwind: Digitalization, restructuring & mobilization in the Covid crisis’
Matthew Cole & Charles Umney ‘The political economy of datafication and work’
Benjamin Selwyn ‘Community restaurants: Decommodifying food as socialist strategy’
Massimiliano Mollona ‘Working class cinema in the age of digital capitalism’
Marzena Zukowska Red Pepper and Radical Communicators Network
John McDonnell, Labour MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 2015-2020
Michael Calderbank is a contributing editor on Socialist Register.
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