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  • Published: 28 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529194500
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Technofeudalism

What Killed Capitalism




The #1 bestselling economist opens our eyes to the new power that is reshaping our lives and the world

Capitalism is dead. Welcome to technofeudalism.

In his boldest and most far-reaching book, the visionary economist and number-one bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis shows how the owners of big tech became the world's feudal overlords –replacing capitalism with a fundamentally new system that enslaves our minds, defies democracy and rewrite the rules of global power.

But as Varoufakis also reveals, technofeudalism contains new opportunities to thwart and overturn it, bringing into focus more clearly than ever the revolution we need to escape our digital prison.

  • Published: 28 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529194500
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece and the author of a memoir, Adults in the Room, and a history, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, which reveal and explain the catastrophic mishandling of Europe since the financial crisis. Both were number one bestsellers. His latest bestseller is Talking To My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism. Born in Athens in 1961, Yanis Varoufakis was for many years a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the USA before he entered government and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. Since resigning from Greece's finance ministry he has co-founded an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, campaigning for the revival of democracy in Europe and speaks to audiences of thousands worldwide.

yanisvaroufakis.eu / @yanisvaroufakis

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Praise for Technofeudalism

An incisive critique

Guardian

A book for anybody who wants to understand the mess we're in - and since we're all in this mess, that makes it a book for everybody

SLAVOJ ZIZEK

With superb storytelling, Varoufakis shows how capitalism has eaten itself alive, mutating into an entirely different and more dangerous beast, and calls on us to free ourselves from digital serfdom

BRETT SCOTT, author of Cloudmoney

Provocative and accessible, this is sure to be a key touchstone in debates about the future of the global economy

NICK SRNICEK, co-author of Inventing the Future

Compulsive and necessary reading

KEN LOACH

What if capitalism died and no one noticed - not even the capitalists? Digital platforms usurped capitalism and installed something far worse. This book is an urgent demand to seize the means of computation

CORY DOCTOROW

What an amazing piece of work this is. Ground-breaking, thought-provoking and highly accessible. Everyone should read it. This is where we’re going. The dark, scary, exciting song of our age. 100 out of 100

IRVINE WELSH

An important new book ... that describes what is happening in terms of an epochal, once-in-a-millennium shift in Varoufakis's telling, this isn't just new technology. This is the world grappling with an entirely new economic system and therefore political power

Carole Cadwalladr, Observer

Arresting … an ambitious thinker and a lively writer … Varoufakis is right that we are in thrall to digital platforms, who hold our data hostage and prevent us from switching to "a competing cloud fief"

The Times

Varoufakis is a remarkable combination of analyst and dreamer… as always, Varoufakis makes his readers think… an important achievement

Financial Times, *Books of the Year*

In his characteristically enthralling style, Varoufakis guides the reader through some of the most significant trends in the modern economy, showing clearly how the big tech giants have built an economy that works for them - and how everyone else can take power back

GRACE BLAKELEY