Have you heard? The robots are coming for our jobs and we should rejoice. A post work future of luxury and utopia is on the horizon. Machines and algorithms will labour away while we enjoy four hour work days and a universal basic income funded by the increase in automation.
This technological, future oriented tendency has grown in popularity over recent years, with UBI trials popping up across Europe and sections of the left realising that fighting for the 9 to 5 isn’t the most appealing prospect.
However, there are serious questions as to the viability and appeal of a post-work politics. For nearly a century, theorists have been prematurely predicting the end of work, and critics argue this latest turn is a hip, utopian fad that would never sell outside of metropolitan centres. Perhaps a better solution might be full employment, where we work decent jobs for fewer hours with much higher wages.
In this Novara IRL we’ll explore the future of work and wages, pitting a post-work politics against more traditional Keynesian solutions in an attempt to work out what we want, and how we should fight for it.
After Party: 10pm – 2am. DJS from the fantastic all female Scratch Collective playing house & disco til late.
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