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Clear Bright Future

A Radical Defence of the Human Being
Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Clear Bright Future, by Paul Mason.   

Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia to the imminent breakup of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some 30 years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?  

In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a premodern understanding of the human being: one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender and to obey the demands of religious conformity.  

If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being: a reinvention of humanism; a reassertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

©2019 Paul Mason (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Interesting If Flawed

Paul Mason has written a broad tome here with some fantastic theories sandwiched in between some more peculiar thoughts. The general thesis, returning humanism to the core of futurist thinking, is a noble one for its opposition to the far-right, neo-nazis and nihlistic misognyists. (There's a gaping hole on the limits of humanism which is not addressed here). It is chapters around these topics Mason is at his strongest.
The weaker parts of the book, however, are when Mason discusses cybernetics and postmodernism - these parts seem less well researched than the rest of the chapters here and, crucially, Mason does a poor job of rebutting the abhorent theses which drives the Cultural Marxism is a conspiracy theory.
It's a wide-reaching book which doesn't always hit the expansive targets it aims for, but you have to respect anyone who tries to put together such a cohesive map for the future.

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Excellent

Written with clarity of purpose and vision mapping out moral pathways to a brighter future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

Bold and Important

Even though I do disagree with some of the authors arguments, I still think this is a superb political commentary on our contemporary society. It downright ignores the theoretical and idealistic ignorance that I feel is so prevalent in many political books. Don't be scared by the Marxist views of the author. Even if you are not a leftist I would still highly recommend this as an important perspective on our world today.

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  • Mackenzie
  • 26-05-19

Disappointing

I heard Mason interviewed on Talking Politics and then downloaded this item. The interview and the book offer two different views. The book is another rant with a peppering of 'facts and I gave up before I got to the 'Clear bright future'. Adma Tooze's Crashed is a better discussion.