The first decade of the twenty first century marked the demise of the current world order Despite widespread acknowledgement of these disruptive crises, the proposed response from the mainstream remains the same Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics, a new paradigm has emerged Fully Automated Luxury Communism claims that new technologies will liberate us from work, providing the opportunity to build a society beyond both capitalism and scarcity Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness For everyone In his first book, radical political commentator Aaron Bastani conjures a new politics a vision of a world of unimaginable hope, highlighting how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of nine billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for everyone Rather than a final destination, such a society heralds the beginning of history Fully Automated Luxury Communism promises a radically new left future for everyone

14 thoughts on “Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto

  1. BeeGee BeeGee says:

    Uninspiring rehashed social media soundbites, dressed up as some kind of political revelation.

  2. Sam Swann Sam Swann says:

    It s such an exciting book, that is so necessary right now Bastani discusses the technologies and importantly the politics necessary for a communist society or a society of post scarcity.It touches on technologies that are being held back by neoliberal politics, right through to ideas that seem to be straight from science fiction like asteroid mining for hyper abundance of minerals.In short, it s a fantastic read, and one that is of utmost necessity right now So often the left is forced into being defensive about ideas, institutions like the NHS or the welfare system, but this book is so exciting because it s part of a wider provocative, propositional and forward looking project for the left.Whatever your political affiliations, this is a must read.

  3. Dr. Ian Pitchford Dr. Ian Pitchford says:

    Peter Diamandis meets Karl Marx in this erudite and invigorating account of the emancipatory potential of exponential technologies Above all Bastani provides a relentlessly optimistic viewpoint and a fascinating sketch of a deliverable political programme to ease the fears of those who have resigned themselves to the likelihood and perhaps even the inevitability of a totalitarian dystopia in the not too distant future.

  4. P. James P. James says:

    Growing up in the Milleni generation this is a refreshing book that seeks to analyse and understand the truth of democratic socialism or progressivsm It s great not to have to read through dozens of pages of neiliberal lies and stupidity like you find in books byout of touch centrist such as James O Brian Love Aaron s work on Novara Media too New media is going yo save this country.

  5. Germinal Germinal says:

    I like Aaron Bastani, by that I mean his media presence as I ve never met him, and I like Novara Media they have had nothing but a positive influence on left wing views, opinion and broadcasting.And I like the idea of Fully Automated Luxury Communism FALC The case for a communist society that places meeting human need as its priority while saving the planet shouldn t need making.So, in a sense, I enjoyed this book I enjoyed the boundless enthusiasm and optimism I enjoyed the outline of a society so much better than the present one Frequently, socialists are challenged to paint a picture of what a socialist society might look like and find it difficult to answer Now, at least, we can point at this book and say Something like that.But there are problems The key one being how do we get to this society And to that question, there is virtual silence beyond praise for the Preston Model Nothing about political parties, organising, how to win people over to FALC.Bastani also seems to have something of a starry eyed worship of technology to the extent that he accepts at face value the claims of some technological capitalists rather than approaching their claims critically.Then there s the issue of Bastani s relationship to Marxism I was under the impression that Bastani was a Marxist, and perhaps he regards himself as one It really doesn t show here On so many issues Bastani s analysis does not take account of, or gets wrong, basic things from Marx For instance Bastni asserts that Marx saw technology as the driver of history he did not And that leads to the assertion that it is only now that humanity is capable of moving beyond capitalism This has actually been true for a long time for instance there has, for a long time now, been enough food to feed everyone and for no one to go hungry, let alone starve, except that the priorities of capitalism, profit, have not allowed that distribution based upon need to happen.Bastani s view of economics is grounded in neo classical economics of marginalism, scarcity and the price mechanism and not in Marx s political economy of class, exploitation, competition and the creation and accumulation of surplus value In fact Bastani seems to imagine that Marx didn t support his own law of value There is no discussion of the state and its role in policing class struggle this could be that, for Bastani, class struggle doesn t seem to exist much So there is no discussion at all about how vested and powerful interests opposed to the abolition of production for profit will be overcome What we do know is that the only time that the working class has taken power, 1917 in Russia, is dismissed as an anti liberal coup.So, a welcome book but one that should be read critically.

  6. Sam Withey Sam Withey says:

    Engaging book full of interesting ideas about the future

  7. SC SC says:

    It s great to see a really well researched, positive work that provides a positive voice, too often the overwhelming message that we hear is that of a conservative keeping things the same agenda Here there is someone who at least has a vision for how the world could be changed for the better.

  8. Customer Customer says:

    Bastani is a visionary with an exceptional knowledge of Marx, I cannot think of anyone else who is able to be so imaginative yet back it all up with rock solid analysis.

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  10. Brian Croner Brian Croner says:

    I am an avid reader of the online media we call news in this country USA I independently formed a similar conclusion just from the perspective I ve developed from consuming a load of information For me, the novelty of this book was to show how predictions from economic contributors were in agreement if you look at the future described by the author in the perspective of modern technology.One takeaway for me was I found a way to disagree with author Chris Hedges, a man who agrees with Marxist criticism of capital but disagrees with the communist outcome as predicted by Karl Marx I think Mr Bastani did a great job of codifying and narrating the capitalist progression, calling it capitalist realism, and worded it all in a way that is hard to reject.If you re not an avid reader of news, this book will arm you with the insight to make some predictions, and if you are an avid reader of news like I am but are short on relevant selections of the history of economic thought, this book will fill in the gaps and give you the benefit of seeing how Keynes and Marx, for instance, agreed with one another, a comparison I ve never seen myself from any other author.In short, speaking with an educational background of an advanced degree in computer science, I find it easy to go from the premises he presents which are true to the conclusion he presents, so I believe he builds a strong argument for the future of society I thank Mr Bastani for reminding me that communism, as presented by Karl Marx, didn t necessarily rely on human labor to produce the shared material wealth Instead, Karl Marx s prediction relied on the assumption that the means of production will become very efficient, and Mr Basatani identified the nascent technology for this as artificial intelligence.I recommend you purchase this book and I hope you enjoy reading it just as I did.

  11. Sleepy Reagan Sleepy Reagan says:

    Capitalist realism is the belief that the apocalypse is likely to occur than the end of capitalism The point of this book isn t to convince you that Fully Automated Luxury Communism is the future, or is our only chance to survive the enourmous economic and social paradigm Shift that has already begun, it s to convince you that socialism for the rich, market capitalism for the poor is unsustainable and neoliberalism has led to the collapse of people having a better life than their parents.

  12. Hieromonk Hieromonk says:

    The authors core conjecture is If most work is done by machines, energy gained from renewables sources and natural resources mined in asteroids, then the governments can provide universal basic services for it s citizens.While this is trivially true, to me the interesting portion, which was unfortunately left out, is the transition phase to get there At what point will a for profit company transition into letting the government use their mined resources or PV cells, objects which don t have marginal cost going to zero If that s done through taxes, then you still need a large body of consumers who can spend money.The book touches up on many different areas s.a., climate change, AI, space mining where the two most prominent companies he mentions both didn t get another round of funding , health care and UBI UBS In those chapters, while I understand that this is not an academic book, it would have been nice if at least the key arguments primary sources would have been cited.All in all a fun read, keep thinking outside of the box

  13. RF.Economics RF.Economics says:

    It s odd there is no mention whatsoever of Star Trek in the whole text Star Trek illustrates FALC has been in our collective imagination for years, with many of us already suspecting it was obtainable and desirable even though we didn t know what to call this new society, or how to get there Perhaps until know This is the type of book that if someone picks it up in 500 years, they would be surprised by its foresight Bastani has the capacity to look back 12,000 years in our past while looking centuries towards our future, elegantly and dialecticaly linking technological change with socioeconomic processes I had never read an author capable of doing this in such a creative and innovative way, other than Marx himself Perhaps I m being overly dramatic, but I feel we needed this book And now we have it, I can t help but simply saying to everyone you need to read, re read, and share this book.

  14. Friend of Bulgaria Friend of Bulgaria says:

    Bastani champions Universal Basic Services rather than Universal Basic Income, but otherwise his concerns about robots and AI in the future will resonate with those concerned about what society will look like when humans no longer have jobs because everything has been automated Smart and accessible, and very thought provoking.