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The power of impotence

Futurability. The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility
Forfatter: Franco Berardi
Forlag: Verso Books (USA)
We need a new activism – not through revolutionary change, but through systematic efforts to develop a humane and free society.

Since Franco Berardi was part of the anarchist environment of Bologna's Radio Alice in the 60 century, he has worked tirelessly to understand the relationship between working life, culture and capitalism – to find the outlet for the liberating impetus that lay under the cultural the revolutions in Italy. That the anarchist movement was beaten with raw power seemed to confirm that the enemy was real and that the anarchists were part of a struggle against a society that was truly oppressive.

The Deception of Late Capitalism. When Berardi has followed various activist movements up to our days, all the way to the Occupy movement, which is discouraged, he ends up in a time he describes as "impotent". The reference to the male, bodily and sexual is more than a metaphor: At the center of the West's frustrated situation stands the white, male worker – precisely the class that is lured into new reactionary movements. The root of impotence – which in a broader sense is a depressive state of powerlessness – is an oppression not exercised through violence, but rather through the almost invisible forms of fraud, extortion and theft by late capitalism. According to Berardi, the fact that we cannot see how society loses our power is both the condition and effect of capitalism modus operandi: Precisely because we are convinced that there is no alternative to the lifestyles we are offered, the individual's horizon of possibilities shrinks – and life becomes a train where necessity is hooked on necessity and where the railroad determines the direction.

For a worker at an Asian technology company who works for lice wages and lives in the factory's dormitory, the slavery situation and the lack of a way out. . .

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Anders Dunker
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