Join Paul Mason, writer, film-maker and one of the left's leading thinkers as he discusses his new book Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being with BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie.

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

Paul Mason argues each of these dangers is rooted in the purposeful creation of the “neoliberal self”. He decodes the events that have led to this, from the crashes of markets thought ‘too big to fail’, to Europe’s austerity, Trump’s rise to power, rising fuel prices, and why politics, business and media are failing to resist Trump and the alt-right. He argues for a framework that allows us to take back conscious control, to claim spaces where human values, rather than market values, prevail. The radical defence of the human being starts with each of us.

Don’t miss this chance to join Paul Mason as he calls for a Clear Bright Future; for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control.

  • Clear Bright Future

  • A passionate defence of humanity and a work of radical optimism from the international bestselling author of Postcapitalism

    How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? A sequence of DNA? A collection of base instincts? Or will we soon be supplanted by algorithms and A.I. anyway?

    In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before.

    In this book Paul Mason argues that we are still capable - through language, innovation and co-operation - of shaping our future. He offers a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. This work of radical optimism asks: Do you want to be controlled? Or do you want something better?

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