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Fully automated luxury communism: a manifesto

By: Bastani, Aaron.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Verso 2019Description: x, 278 p. Includes bibliography and index.ISBN: 9781786632623.Subject(s): Politics and culture | Technological forecasting | Technological innovations | Communism and societyDDC classification: 330.900112 Summary: 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. https://www.versobooks.com/books/2757-fully-automated-luxury-communism
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Table of contents

I. Chaos under heaven
The great disorder
The three disruptions
What is fully automated luxury communism?
II. New travellers
Full automation: post-scarcity in labour
Limitless power: post-scarcity in energy
Mining the sky: post-scarcity in resources
Editing destiny: age and post-scarcity in health
Food without animals: post-scarcity in sustenance
III. Paradise found
Popular support: luxury populism
Fundamental principles: the break with neoliberalism
Reforging the capitalist state
FALC: a new beginning.

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.

https://www.versobooks.com/books/2757-fully-automated-luxury-communism

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