Steven Poole reviews Noam Chomsky and Colin Cremin in the Guardian

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Writing in the Guardian, Steven Poole finds Colin Cremin’s Capitalism’s New Clothes: Enterprise, Ethics and Enjoyment in Times of Crisis to be “an implacable denunciation of modern finance, consumerism, work and politics”, and “excellent on the freakish demands of ’employability’.” Unfortunately we can’t help Steven on whether or not Steve Jobs, or anyone else at Apple, approves of ‘iCommunism’. However we can exclusively reveal that Lenin was in favour (see picture for evidence).

Visit the Guardian to read the review in full.

Earlier this month Steven also reviewed Noam Chomsky’s Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force:

Chomsky is scathing on the US’s depredations in Latin America, its support for Israel and for Turkey against its Kurdish population; he often pictures his country (“very free” internally) as a “Mafia” godfather…he remains invaluable as a tireless scourge of our “submissive intellectual class”.

Visit the Guardian to read the review in full.

Capitalism’s New Clothes

Enterprise, Ethics and Enjoyment in Times of Crisis

Colin Cremin

Explains why the more capitalism is revealed to be damaging and regressive, the more it gains acceptance in everyday life and popular culture.

“Slicing through the evasions and double think of contemporary accounts of pleasure, Colin Cremin has produced a must-read text on the sociology of enjoyment. Accessible, penetrating, unmissable.” – Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology & Culture, Brunel University, West London

“With a ruthless elegance, Colin Cremin exposes the vacuousness of ‘creative’ capitalism’s pretensions to newness. Cremin shows that ‘entrepreneurialism’ and ‘enterprise’ are relics of a system that has run out of time, and dares to proclaim that, once again, the future belongs to the left.” – Mark Fisher, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University Of London, and author of Capitalist Realism (2010)

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Power and Terror

Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky analyses US foreign policy in the Middle East in the 10 years since 9/11. Includes 3 previously unpublished essays.

“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.” – The New York Times

“On the one hand we have the established media, the respectable community of foreign affairs analysts, the government – on the other, Noam Chomsky.” – The Nation

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

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