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A different kind of politics for a new kind of society - beyond work, scarcity, and capitalism.

In the 21st century, new technologies should liberate us from work. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury, and happiness - for everyone. Technological advance will reduce the value of commodities - food, health care, and housing - toward 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. New horizons beckon.

In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of nine billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology, and establish meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society merely heralds the real beginning of history.

©2019 Aaron Bastani (P)2020 Tantor

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  • David Larson
  • 08-12-2020

Way better than I thought

It's funny how little we are willing to accept from the government in exchange for our tax dollars when so much more is possible. As long as people continue to be fooled, we will all suffer.

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  • 08-06-2021

Perhaps the most important book of a generation

This is a well-needed and positive outlook on the inevitable economic revolution that stands before us, but does not shy away from the difficult global questions or multiple elephants in the room - in fact offering clarity where there is so little. I was unconsciously waiting for this book all my life. It was also beautifully read with emotive precision.

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  • Wild Bunny
  • 18-04-2021

A well thought out and hope provoking book

I've been really quite anxious about the state of the planet and Aaron Bastani has given me some hope with this excellent, well researched and clearly stated manifesto.

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  • ron murp
  • 27-03-2021

Fantasy and Ideology Distort Reality

Shoehorning Marxism into a fantasy utopia of abundant supply achieved through slave AI in which no people will be required to work - not even to service or design future AI, which will do all that ... bring on the AI revolt against the Communist overlords. Meanwhile, ignore the distance in time between this utopia and now, and pretend Comminism will be accepted by all without having to kill millions that disagree.

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  • Rob Tesh
  • 17-03-2021

Great book, mediocre reader

The book is inspiring and profound, clear and full of useful insights into the way technology is changing our politics and economy. It would be really riveting if the reader had more skill.

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  • Rosie
  • 03-12-2020

Did a robot read this?

The reader had such a painfully repetitive wya of reading it I genuinely started to wonder if an AI had read it. I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter it was so boring. Such a shame as it was actually quite an interesting book.

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  • LRAArturo
  • 20-10-2020

Great listen

The title is a bit of a troll but Bastani's analysis of the politics of post scarcity is detailed and informative.

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  • Marko
  • 15-10-2020

Thought provoking

I have listened to it twice and will do again. there is much to learn!

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