Death of Homo Economicus, The: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation

Peter Fleming

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Pluto Press

Published: 20th Sep '17


A sharp analysis of the nature of work under late capitalism, revealing the dark side of aspiration and utility

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In today’s workplaces we work harder and longer, labouring under the illusion that this will bring us more wealth. As this myth becomes increasingly preposterous, it’s time to understand why we believe in it, and where it came from. The Death of Homo Economicus explores the origin of this oppressive myth, in order to destroy it. The story begins with the creation of a fake persona labelled the ‘dollar-hunting man’, invented by economists Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek. Today, this persona, driven by competition and ego, is used by politicians and managers to draw a veil over the terrible reality of work under capitalism. Creeping into all aspects of life, the desire to constantly compete and accumulate must be resisted if we are to create a better way of life for all.

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Weight 0.405 kg
Dimensions 135 × 215 mm
Page Count 320