Communism is the key to luxury for all

It’s time to start thinking about a post-work society In a speech last Friday at Imperial, shadow chancellor John McDonnell outlined his ideas on a new form of socialism where “technology liberates rather than traps.” With full automation in the not-too-distant-future almost inevitable, it’s now time we start thinking about how Britain will adapt to a post-work society. McDonnell’s speech recognised many of the problems automation might introduce, but offered few solutions. As a party firmly rooted in the trade union movement, Labour seem woefully unprepared for a world with a workforce without work. It’s likely that Imperial students and researchers will help bring about the automation revolution, whether through robotics or artificial intelligence. It will also be Imperial alumni who profit from the resulting mass unemployment (over the next…

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