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The Death of Homo Economicus By Peter Fleming

The Death of Homo Economicus by Peter Fleming

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A sharp analysis of the nature of work under late capitalism, revealing the dark side of aspiration and utility

The Death of Homo Economicus Summary

The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation by Peter Fleming

In today's workplaces we work harder and longer, labouring under the illusion that this will bring us more wealth. As this myth becomes increasingly preposterous, it's time to understand why we believe in it, and where it came from.

The Death of Homo Economicus explores the origin of this oppressive myth, in order to destroy it. The story begins with the creation of a fake persona labelled the 'dollar-hunting man', invented by economists Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek. Today, this persona, driven by competition and ego, is used by politicians and managers to draw a veil over the terrible reality of work under capitalism.

Creeping into all aspects of life, the desire to constantly compete and accumulate must be resisted if we are to create a better way of life for all.

The Death of Homo Economicus Reviews

'Sparklingly sardonic ... Hilariously angry' -- The Guardian
'A timely call-to-arms for idlers everywhere' -- The Idler
'An outstanding analysis of economics, society and the human condition' -- Morning Star

About Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is Professor of Organisation Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author of The Mythology of Work (Pluto, 2015) and The Death of Homo Economicus (Pluto, 2017).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the New Dark Ages
1. Cash Psychosis
2. Wreckage Economics
3. Why Homo Economicus Had to Die... Over and Over Again
4. The Theatre of Loss... Work
5. Microeconomics (Really Is) for Dummies
6. The Quiet Earth
Conclusion: A Marginal Model of Nothingness

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The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation by Peter Fleming
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Pluto Press
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