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“Economic Man is perfect for the digital age”: Peter Fleming on Sports Direct, hacktivism and the death of Homo Economicus

His last book, on work, addressed capitalism's velvet glove. Now, says Fleming, the gloves are off

By Kit Caless  

The last time I met Peter Fleming, Ed Miliband was leader of the Labour Party, ‘austerity’ was everywhere, Arsenal were in the top four and Brexit’s death-rattle portmanteau wasn’t even a thing. Even though we meet in the same café we did the first time, since 2015, everything has changed. Well, apart from the austerity bit.

In our first interview, Fleming spoke mostly about banker suicides and boredom in white collar industries. His then-new book, The Mythology of Work, was an investigation into the meaning of work, the ideology of productivity…

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