As we see now, deindustrialization seems to be a necessary process of economic development. And along with deindustrialization, we see the end of the factory worker, and the rise of service work. When you want to talk about getting to a postcapitalist uptopia, we can't premise it upon an identity grounded on factory work, or even service work - we need to recognize it won't be a utopia of work, it will be a utopia from work.
Political theorist Nick Srnicek explains how a defeated left lost its vision of a world beyond capitalism, why looming wide-scale automation offers future of either worsened exploitation or emancipation from wage-labor, and what the left can do now to reclaim the future.
Nick is co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work from Verso Books.
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