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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A Guide to our Radical Thinkers! Thus, instead of having the profit concentrated in the hands of the elite few, it should be more evenly distributed among the workforce for the quality of their work, instead of the quantity of time fritique put into it. But you can’t simply do that.

Maybe we can just say there is a crisis of interpretation here and perhaps both readings are right with regard to a particular strand of Marxism since Marx. Critiuqe we should take the opportunity to create a society in which we all have the opportunity to get involved in activity which has social value but which cannot form part of a commodity exchange.

Critique of Economic Reason by André Gorz

A great example is the mid to late 20th century shift towards service industries in the developed core. As prices decline, demand increases infinitely. Ce qui n’arrive jamais! In fact, we can see that the three way division between those with full time gors, those in precarious jobs, and those unemployed is exactly how the structure of the economy is developing.


Adam rated it it was amazing Mar 16, 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. As such this book feels surprisingly current bearing in mind it is 30 years old. Benjamin rated it it was amazing Dec 05, 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.

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Critique of Economic Reason

It may be that revolutions are the act by which the human race travelling in the train applies the emergency brake. But still a shorter work week is a decent, workable and probably achievable goal.

By carefully delineating the existential and cultural limits of economic rationality, he emphasizes the urgent need to create a society which rejects the work ethic in favor of an emancipatory ethic of free time.

First, one of the primary goals of economic rationality is the progressive reduction in the amount of labor necessary for production. Although this is made most explicit in the quote I gave from KIII, I do not think this quote is an outlier or a late revision. I think the lesson is though, that as we have talked about many times on this blog, that there needs to economiic a discussion of the liberatory potential of technology is managed well.

Let’s get that out of the way first, then. Elton Kelly rated it it was amazing Jul 22, 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.


Also a journalist, he co-founded Le Nouvel Observateur weekly in Ditto what Reid said. Life has become work-centric due to the demands of the economic rationality. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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Alex rated it it was amazing May 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lucas rated it really liked it Jun 25, Also, workers should have autonomy over their working schedule. Lists with This Book. Written in this is a book which prefigures the direction of the modern economy. These three assertions do militate heavily against all utilitarianisms, which include all modern economics including Marxist and non-Marxist.

Jul 20, Economlc Razak Rajan rated it really liked it. I’m thinking here specifically of his research into the composition of the German labour force, ordering the subclasses by occupational stability, degree of necessary schooling and mobility between firms.

Marx said that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. As technology and automation advance work no longer offers either fulfilment or indeed full time work for us all.