Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

by Aaron Bastani


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786632623
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 322,680
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: Six Characters in Search of a Future 1

I Chaos under Heaven

1 The Great Disorder 15

2 The Three Disruptions 31

3 What Is Fully Automated Luxury Communism? 50

II New Travellers

4 Full Automation: Post-Scarcity in Labour 69

5 Limitless Power: Post-Scarcity in Energy 94

6 Mining the Sky: Post-Scarcity in Resources 117

7 Editing Destiny: Age and Post-Scarcity in Health 138

8 Food without Animals: Post-Scarcity in Sustenance 159

III Paradise Found

9 Popular Support: Luxury Populism 185

10 Fundamental Principles: The Break with Neoliberalism 201

11 Reforging the Capitalist State 224

12 FALC: A New Beginning 237

Bibliography 245

Index 269

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