About the book
From the popular adoption of the internet to failed wars in the Middle East and the Global Financial Crisis, the first decade of the 21st century marked the passing of the old world order. Widely accepted as an era of crisis – economic, geopolitical, ecological – a growing cluster of countries are seeing low to no growth, ageing populations, political volatility and stretched bio-capacity.
Despite acknowledging such issues, the default response from the establishment remains much the same: platitudes and promises of incremental change to a broken status quo.
Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics, a new paradigm is here – Fully Automated Luxury Communism.
Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness. Technological advance will reduce the value of commodities – food, healthcare and housing – towards zero. Improvements in renewable energies will make fossil fuels a thing of the past. Asteroids will be mined for essential minerals. Genetic editing and synthetic biology will prolong life, virtually eliminate disease and provide meat without animals.
In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for all. Rather than a blueprint for utopia, such a shift merely heralds the true beginning of human history.