Using a rich selection of political philosophy, film, literature, and criticism, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, two young Canadian academics, uncover what they see as a distinct conflict of intentions between those committed to actual change and those who have been misguided by the myth of the counterculture and its critique of mass society. Hence, for them, the celebration of counterculture, from its conception in the libertarian movements of the 1960s to its present-day influence in the burgeoning antiglobalization movement, continues to undermine those committed to real social justice across the world. Today’s culture of resistance simply reinforces the inherent individualism of capitalism and fails to engage with tangible alternatives to the devastating effects of economic globalization. Instead there is a growing inertia with regard to political reform, whereby individuals perceive their freedom from the system through an adherence to popular rebellions,...

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