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Ciara Colin Cremin


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Have you ever felt totalled?

This book provides a utopian vision which could replace the overbearing truth that capitalism encompasses the entirety of our lives, weaving deep into the fabric of all that it means to be human.

Through industrialised warfare, surveillance and commodification, deepening crises and ecological catastrophes, capitalism threatens the total destruction of human civilisation. But in amongst this wreckage there are still functioning parts which can be salvaged through the collective force of the human imagination and the mobilisation of the masses. To do so, we must realise a different future to the apocalypticism forewarned by scientists, prescribed by economists, accommodated by politicians and made spectacle by the entertainment industry.

This book asks how a utopian possibility is discernible through the power of human creation. Can it be realised when as a society we are in different ways materially, ideologically and libidinally bound to the capitalist machine of destruction?
'An intriguing and original exercise in Lacanian and materialist political theory, and a significant contribution to the great collective project of working to overcome contemporary forms of exploitation, inequality and oppression'
Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, University of East London, and author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto Press, 2013)
'A compass allowing us to orient ourselves in our obscure and confused time'
Slavoj Zizek, author of Living in The End Times (Verso, 2010)

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction: Year Zero 1
1. Materially Determined Apocalypse 11
2. The Three Orders of Apocalypse 28
3. The Double Helix of Dissatisfaction 43
4. Production Spiral 65
5. Consumption Spiral 90
6. Banquets of Worlds 123
7. Clash of Axioms 151
Notes 179
Bibliography 184
Index 191