Paul Mason
Clear Bright Future

BSL Signed Event: The Sky Room, MK Gallery

Thursday 19 September, 7pm: £10
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'An agenda-setting reassertion of the rights of humans over machines.'

 

We face a triple threat: the rise of authoritarian politicians and the destruction of verifiable truth; the possibility of intelligent machines whose existence will eviscerate the human claim to agency, rights and consciousness; and a pervasive secular fatalism and irrationality, which has made millions of people susceptible to the mythologies of the new right.

 

Paul Mason demonstrates how each of these dangers is rooted in the purposeful creation of the “neoliberal self” over the past three decades. Human beings were redesigned to be coerced, governed and pitted against each other in enforced competition. They were told history had ended – but now it’s back with a vengeance. This is no longer a once-in-fifty years economic crisis, nor simply the fraying of the post-war global order. It is an all out attack on values that have underpinned Western societies for 400 years.

 

It can be fought, Mason argues, only if we are prepared to conduct a radical defence of the human being: to reinvent humanism in a way that allows it to survive the attacks against race, gender and reason, the opponents of human rights.

 

Paul Mason travels widely in order to make sense of the world we now find ourselves in. What he encounters is an unprecedented atmosphere of technological euphoria combined with political gloom. Both are rational. Technology could free us from work, ignorance, and much of our ill health. But only if it remains under our control.

 

''A call for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control.'

 

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