Fully Automated Luxury Communism

“There is a tendency in capitalism to automate labor, to turn things previously done by humans into automated functions. In recognition of that, then the only utopian demand can be for the full automation of everything and common ownership of that which is automated.”

This podcast, featuring a conversation between Aaron Bastani and Kirsty Styleslwas forwarded to us by our colleague Federico Guerrieri of the New Economics Foundation.

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From the shownotes to the podcast:

Novara Media’s Aaron Bastani discusses his ideas about technology, the future of work and Fully Automated Luxury Communism.

Luxury communism is seen as an opportunity to bring about a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting and employment as we know it is a thing of the past

In the podcast Bastani says that “technology has changed everything and politics need to catch up”. “There is a tendency in capitalism to automate labor, to turn things previously done by humans into automated functions. In recognition of that, then the only utopian demand can be for the full automation of everything and common ownership of that which is automated.”

Is fully automated luxury communism the way to go?


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Music this week is by Podington Bear, Juanitos, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots.

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