New Paul Mason book

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Sep 12 2011 11:56
New Paul Mason book

Seen on twitter

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@paulmasonnews what's the new book about? Any chance we can get a review copy?

9 Sep via web

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paulmasonnews Paul Mason
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@libcomorg its about you lot!
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@paulmasonnews Look forward to reading it! We will review it if you get your publishers to send us a copy! #lookingforafreebie
9 Sep

Should be interesting.

Here's a talk he gave earlier in the year that might give an idea of the line of argument.

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Sep 12 2011 19:12

Any idea what's the books called or when it will be published?

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Sep 12 2011 19:08

No, that snippet on twitter is all I've seen. I was hoping someone else would come up with more information.

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Sep 13 2011 08:46

Whatever it is on its finished. Also form twitter: "Voted 13th in totalpolitics blogging poll - book finished so will be blogging more..."

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Sep 13 2011 09:55

Also from twitter: 'early 2012 "why its kicking off " book, mixture of bleak and hopeful'

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Nov 13 2011 22:53
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Any idea what's the books called or when it will be published?

'Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere is published by Verso in January'

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1075-why-its-kicking-off-everywhere

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Nov 14 2011 17:33

I heard this book was ghost written by Tommy Ascaso wink

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Jan 17 2012 12:50

So the book is now out and the book about it is on the way:

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Occupy everything! Reflections on ‘why it’s kicking off everywhere’ – Ed. Alessio Lunghi and Seth Wheeler

What role has the ‘graduate with no future’ played in the global wave of unrest that gripped 2011? What connects ‘digital natives’ and the ‘remainder of capital’ in struggle? What role will ideologies play in future upheavals and why have some memes resonated, others not?

In February 2011 BBC Newsnight economist Paul Mason sought to explain the motivations, of those taking to the streets in a blog post entitled ‘20 Reasons Why its Kicking off everywhere.’ These interventions shed light on to the growing movements arising in opposition to state solutions to the crisis facing capital and the prospects for a new democracy.

Contributors: The Free Association, Andre Pusey and Bertie Russell, Deterritorial Support Group, David Robertshaw, Rohan Orton, & Will Barker, Antonis Vradis, Ben Lear & Raph Schlembach, Thomas Gillespie & Victoria Habermehl, Federico Campagna, Emma Dowling, Camille Barbagallo & Nicholas Beuret, Tabitha Bast & Hannah McClure

http://www.minorcompositions.info/?page_id=345

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Jan 25 2012 11:45

Guardian video

Paul Mason: 'These revolts have ended the period of capitalist realism'

Reviews at

http://paulmason.typepad.com/paul_mason_writer_broadca/

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Jan 31 2012 22:50

A more critical review from shift magazine

http://shiftmag.co.uk/?p=523

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Feb 7 2012 23:25

Lecture at LSE on 30 January, also available as a podcast

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Feb 8 2012 00:28

Few chapters in, decent so far and I like his writing. Early impressions are I'm a bit put-off by the uncritical way he engages with the stuff in Egypt. Maybe it gets better, but early on a year ago, there were lots of people saying how handing over to a military rule rather than Mubarak was no real revolution and that's borne out by recent interviews with participants a year on:

"I came on 25th last year, I've been here throughout the difficult times in the past year, and I'm here again because things haven't improved. In fact they got worse," declared Shaimaa Zain, dressed in tight jeans and sunglasses.
"There is a conspiracy between the extremists and the military council."

I guess being there and interviewing people at the time might have given a rose-tinted view.

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Feb 8 2012 01:01
Choccy wrote:
Early impressions are I'm a bit put-off by the uncritical way he engages with the stuff in Egypt.

I might need to look back at that chapter, but generally I took his approach as being to try to describe what the protest movements and so on actually are rather than what he, or anyone else, thinks they ought to be. He does seem to skate over some of the events pretty quickly though.

Anyway things seem to be getting interesting again in Egypt - see the response to the Port Said stadium disaster for example, which has developed into a call for a general strike:

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Feb 8 2012 01:32

The coverage he did of the factory occupation and hospital self-management stuff was cool though so I'm not having a go as such.

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Feb 8 2012 12:07

New Scientist interview: 'the revolution will be tweeted'

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Feb 8 2012 12:14

I read it, and think it succeeds on its own terms -- as decent journalism. This said, I think "Meltdown" is still his best book, and I found the 'reportage' parts of "Why....." (especially the later chapters on the USA & the slums in Manila) a bit painful. Like those "Sunrise over the slums, and <insert name here> has already been working for 2 hours" things you get in the Guardian magazine.

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Feb 10 2012 09:00

I agree Meltdown is his best book, and this doesn't change that. I think it's a bit over excited about the most recent wave of uprisings, but a decent overview none the less, and an interesting companion piece to "Live Working..."

Just downloaded his novel, which Iooks quite funny, Wayne crossed with Wu Ming.

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Feb 23 2012 03:02
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Feb 26 2012 12:03

Talk given to World Affairs Council of Northern California

http://wacsf.vportal.net/?fileid=6420

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Mar 27 2012 19:51

Here's a review of Why It's Kicking off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions:

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Apr 3 2012 04:37

must admit yet to read the book, but when to an interesting talk by Paul Mason (about the book and related ideas) at the Bath Literature Festival smile

he had some interesting analysis of the crisis and of organisation and opposition to austerity as well, he also spoke about the ideals of capitalism having failed many people (the american dream no longer exists kinda line), which was interesting, I think he is good, but is also worth being aware of the fact that he is a Keynsian rather than an Anarchist/Socialist.

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Apr 16 2012 15:04

I've published a very long review and discussion of 'Why its kicking off everywhere' at http://anarchism.pageabode.com/andrewnflood/kicking-off-everywhere-paul-mason-review

IMHO its well worth reading and has a lot of useful insights even if politically there are some pretty big problems. I'm actually finding his politics quite hard to get my head around as they seem quite contradictory

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Apr 16 2012 21:10

Was Paul Mason not a member of Workers Power?
I was put off seeking out his writing by the association because I found Workers Power to be the most unreadable of all Leninist papers- I have heard him doing the interview circuit promoting this book and I am trying to get hold of a copy- it sounded interesting.

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Apr 16 2012 21:17

He was but I think that was some time ago. Haven't read any of his stuff but I'm not surprised to see people saying the new book is a bit at odds with itself. When I saw him at the bookfair doing a talk a couple of years back, he basically advocated that left wing parties take power because if they don't, right or far right parties will.

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Apr 16 2012 21:44

Yea he was in Workers Power in the early 2000's. See here.

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Apr 17 2012 12:35

I wouldn't let his one time membership of Workers Power put you off, you have to look pretty hard to find any traces of it in his writings today. There are a couple of echos which I mention but the political problems mostly come from other sources.

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Apr 17 2012 13:05

He was in Workers Power from the 80's through to the late 90's pretty sure he had left by 2000, though not sure as I left the same group just after a couple of ex-AWG members joined in the early 90's.

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Apr 17 2012 13:28
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I wouldn't let his one time membership of Workers Power put you off,

I was put off on stylistic grounds- I have a learning disability and remember trying to read a copy of Workers Power in order to discuss it with a friend- it was such turgid prose and terrible layout and I have to read and re-read things in order to absorb the content; my eyes bled!

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Apr 17 2012 13:51

Ah well then no worries, its the most readable theory book I've ever read by a very long way indeed

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May 13 2012 09:36

Occupied Times interview with Paul Mason

http://theoccupiedtimes.co.uk/?p=3392

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May 14 2012 14:07

Mason is just another capitalist hack who serves up just what they want but in 'radicalish' guise. I was astonished that he reported just after the demo last spring in London that people in the black bloc had been talking to him: why would anyone do this? His reporting on Greece at the time of the mass assemblies etc did not mention this at all. Yes he produces interesting books about the conditions of the working class etc but he is still a capitalist hack, and all the more dangerous for his radicalism.