The Disenchanted Earth: Reflections on Ecosocialism & Barbarism


Richard Seymour
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A Format paperback 178mm x 11mm with flaps
208 pages
22 April 2022
ISBN 978-1911648413
Cover design © Luke Bird

Cover photo: detail from Ice cave, Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica, December 7, 1975 by Eliot Porter
Cover photo © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra / Bridgeman Images

Richard Seymour is one of the UK’s leading public intellectuals. A regular contributor to a range of periodicals including the Guardian, The New York Times, the Financial Times and the London Review of Books, he combines an incisive and well-honed intelligence with exceptional political antennae.

This chronological collection of pieces, many originally from his Patreon blog, demonstrates his ecological awakening and brings his radical perspective to the spectre of climate collapse.

Richard’s book The Twittering Machine was a Bookseller Book of the Week, and received rave reviews in the Guardian, Observer, FT, Spectator and Tatler.

Richard’s previous book, Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics, sold over 9,000 copies (978-1784785314 & 978-1786632999) and was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Times Higher Education.

Praise for The Twittering Machine

‘Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading.’
Gary Younge, Editor-at-Large, Guardian

‘One of our most astute political analysts.’
China Miéville, author of October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

‘A brilliant and provocative reassessment of a technology that has become apparently indispensable to modern life.’
Daniel Trilling, editor of New Humanist and author of Lights in the Distance

‘If you really want to set yourself free you should read a book – preferably this one.’
Observer, Book of the Week

‘A thrilling demonstration of what [resistance] can look like … everyone should read it.’

‘Clever, and alarming … a first tentative vision of what a neo-luddite response to our predicament might look like.’

‘Seymour’s compulsively argued book may just be the intervention we all need.’

Media Coverage for The Twittering Machine

Politics Theory Other for Acast, 23 October 2021: Richard Seymour on the UK’s new Covid wave

Katherine Angel for The White Review, 22 December 2020: ‘Books of the Year’

Jacobin Weekends, 12 December 2020: ‘Woke Biden Cabinet, Indian Strikes, & Social Media Industry w/ Richard Seymour’

LA Review of Books Podcast, 23 October 2020: ‘Friending Thanatos: Richard Seymour’s The Twittering Machine’

Cristina D’Amico for Rabble, 16 January 2020: Opting out of digital serfdom”

Owen Hatherley for Tribune, 12 January 2020: ‘Interview with Richard Seymour’

Politics Theory Other, 1 January 2020: ‘PTO Books of the year’

Oliver Eagleton for New Left Review, 17 December 2019: ‘Mind-forged Manacles?’

Rowan Fortune for Medium, 29 November 2019: ‘Utopia & Dystopia: Online Capitalism’

Richard Seymour for New Statesman, 27 November 2019: We are witnessing the end of the “Twitter Revolution”’

Mark Murphy for Rs21, 16 November 2019: ‘Review: The Twittering Machine’

Katrina Forrester for New Statesman, 13 November 2019: ‘Best books of the year 2019’

David Capener for The Irish Times, 9 November 2019: ‘Brief review of The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour’

Richard Seymour for Financial Times, 4 November 2019: ‘How addictive social media fuels online abuse’

Richard Seymour for Guardian, 28 October 2019: The right’s use of trolling is so predictable, why do we keep falling for it?’

David Streitfeld for The Times Literary Supplement, 22 October 2019: Don’t @ us: The problem with tweeting’

John Baglow for The Literary Review of Canada, 21 October 2019: ‘The Great Escape: Can we break out of our social media addiction?’

Richard Seymour for New Humanist, 14 October 2019: Willing servants’

Louise Proyect for CounterPunch, 4 October 2019: ‘The Politics of Trolling’

Ian Parker for Socialist Resistance, 27 September 2019: ‘Left Hooked on Twitter’

Kiera O’Brien for The Bookseller, 2 September 2019: ‘Books in the Media’

Emma Jacobs for Financial Times, 30 August 2019: ‘The Twittering Machine — our role in the online horror story’

Richard Seymour for Guardian, 23 August 2019: ‘The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media’ (extract from The Twittering Machine)

Francesca Carington for Tatler, 21 August 2019: ‘The Best Late Summer Reads’

Will Davies for The Guardian, 8 August 2019: ‘Book of the Week’

Daniel Hahn for The Spectator, 3 August 2019: The unseen enemy

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