Fully Automated Luxury Communism

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Verso Books, Jun 11, 2019 - Political Science - 288 pages
A different kind of politics for a new kind of society--beyond work, scarcity and capitalism

In the twenty-first century, new technologies should liberate us from work. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness—for everyone. Technological advance will reduce the value of commodities—food, healthcare and housing—towards zero.

Improvements in renewable energies will make fossil fuels a thing of the past. Asteroids will be mined for essential minerals. Genetic editing and synthetic biology will prolong life, virtually eliminate disease and provide meat without animals. New horizons beckon.

In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology, and establish meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society merely heralds the real beginning of history.
 

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Replacing the tired old "real communism hasn't been tried before!" with the far superopr "real communism wasn't possible before, but it is now thanks to AI/blockchain/IoT/whatever". A wannabe modern day communist manifesto, reprising the inevitability of communism angle. Read full review

Contents

The Great Disorder
15
The Three Disruptions
31
What Is Fully Automated Luxury
50
New Travellers
67
PostScarcity
159
Paradise Found
183
Bibliography
245
Index
269
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Aaron Bastani is co-founder and Senior Editor at Novara Media and has a doctorate from the University of London. His research interests include new media, social movements and political economy. He has written for Vice, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the New York Times and regularly appears as a commentator on the BBC and Sky News.

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