How does 3D-printing affect modern labour movements?

Is 3D-printing a useful tool for modern labour movements and anti-capitalist organizations? In my opinion 3D-printing, automation, and lightspeed communication (thanks to the internet), gives people greater control over their lives and the possibility to start creating communities, cooperatives and all other kinds of institutions, organized under socialist principles functioning outside the modern capitalist economy.

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Thank you for your question, Carlos. Please refer to Catherine's question about basic income, as I refer a bit to technology in the answer. I share you optimism in the possibilities new technologies provide but am understandably cautious of their use and development under a capitalist system that will prioritize their use for profit. However, technologies can be used by different groups for different means. Thank you for your question, Carlos.


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