According to Mitzman, the ideologies of nationalism, socialism, and consumer capitalism all purported to be agencies of liberation and social justice. But they were traps. The mentalities of growth and power they encouraged and their institutional embodiments suffocated the original impulses of Promethean creativity while combining to construct the "double wall" of ecological unsustainability and increasing social inequality that threatens the very existence of humankind.
Although the forces of globalization and neoliberalism dominate contemporary society and may seem irreversible, Mitzman believes in the possibility of a different kind of world. Integrating the insights of critical theory, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis, he offers a reasoned plea for a radical new vision of the future, one grounded in a politics of genuinely self-governing communities, a culture of liberated creativity, and an economics committed to the transcendence of scarcity and insecurity.
"Mitzman's timely, forcefully argued book engages many of the most pressing issues of our time. In contrast to other studies that only deepen our despair without offering solutions to contemporary crises, Prometheus Revisited will inspire readers to think about current dilemmas in entirely new ways."—David Gross, author of Lost Time: On Remembering
and Forgetting in Late Modern Culture