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Richard Seymour and Peter Frase at Boston University, October 17.

“It’s easier to imagine the end of the world," theorist Fredric Jameson once 
remarked, “than to imagine the end of capitalism.” Initially, this imagining 
took a grim and dystopian form: at the height of the financial crisis, with the 
global economy seemingly in full collapse, the end of capitalism looked like it 
might be the beginning of an anarchic and violent period of misery. However, 
the spread of global protests from Cairo and Hong Kong to Wall Street and 
Madrid has shattered this myth of capitalism’s absoluteness by demanding that 
an alternative is not only necessary, but better.

Peter Frase, author of Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, argues that 
capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has 
never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and 
capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those 
that preceded it. Increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, 
thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, 
Frase crafts a balance sheet of communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism 
— or in other words, the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is 
successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.

Richard Seymour, author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics 
tackles the current growing antiwar and socialist tendencies sweeping the US 
and the UK. He surveys the makeshift coalitions of trade unionists, young and 
precarious works and students who are abandoning the dominant narratives of the 
old parties in favor of explicitly anti-austerity, anti-war and socialist 
alternatives. From the rise of US third party candidate Jill Stein, challenging 
the two-party system, to Jeremy Corbyn’s ascension in the British Labour party, 
dealing a huge blow to the Blairite opposition, radical politics has been 
forced into the mainstream. 


Jim Farmelant

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