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In this wide-ranging and perceptive work of cultural criticism, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter shatter the most important myth that dominates much of radical political, economic, and cultural thinking. The idea of a counterculture -- a world outside of the consumer-dominated world that encompasses us -- pervades everything from the antiglobalization movement to feminism and environmentalism. And the idea that mocking or simply hoping the "system" will collapse, the authors argue, is not only counterproductive but has helped to create the very consumer society radicals oppose.
In a lively blend of pop culture, history, and philosophical analysis, Heath and Potter offer a startlingly clear picture of what a concern for social justice might look like without the confusion of the counterculture obsession with being different.
Joseph Heath is an associate professor in the department of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Communicative Action and Rational Choice and The Efficient Society, a Macleans and Globe and Mail bestseller,which was also selected as one of the best books of 2001 by the Globe and Mail.
“An intriguing examination of personal freedom within the inevitabilities of a market economy.”
“This book not only thought-provoking, but a lively, spirited and entertaining read.”
-Winnipeg Free Press
“Nation of Rebels provides an incisive and witty indictment of consumer trends....”