From Capitalist Realism to Anarchist Idealism, Part Seven

Daniel Pinchbeck
6 min readNov 21, 2021
The Dream (1910), Henri Rousseau

In the last installment of this thought stream, I looked at proposals from a number of Radical Leftists who wish to emancipate humanity via a truly rational application of technology. This means reducing working hours to a minimum (or zero) and liberating people’s time to enjoy their lives as they choose. One way to describe this ideal condition is Aaron Bastani’s phrase: “Fully Automated

Daniel Pinchbeck

Author of Breaking Open the Head, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and When Plants Dream. I teach online seminars at