What does automation mean for the worker and capitalism?

I've been reading a lot about automation lately and an estimated 1,000,000 jobs in Britain will be automated in the next 20 years among other harrowing statistics. So with that said, I was wondering what you think automation means for the workers. Is it something we should champion as it will slowly abolish exchange value? Will it lead to a post-work society and is that something that we should strive for? I know Marx comments a lot on how machinery is specifically used by the capitalist as a weapon against labour leading to increased alienation. Some theorists believe we can only achieve a post-capitalist society by moving THROUGH alienation rather than avoiding it, but I really want to hear your thoughts, especially as it relates to our current situation.

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  • Joshua Braun
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2018-02-02 16:31:07 -0500