Why Marx Is More Relevant Than Ever in the Age of Automation

Paul Mason

Summary: We are linking to this article from the major British weekly New Statesman of May 7, 2018, on the timeliness of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxist-Humanism in relation to the legacies of Frieda Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Written by a renowned television journalist, author, and social commentator on automated capitalism and globalization, we think it will interest many of our readers — Editors


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  1. joecbart

    Capital: Volume 3, Ch. 48: The Trinity Formula
    …”The actual wealth of society, and the possibility of constantly expanding its reproduction process, therefore, do not depend upon the duration of surplus-labour, but upon its productivity and the more or less copious conditions of production under which it is performed.
    In fact, the realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases; thus in the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of actual material production.
    …”Just as the savage must wrestle with Nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production.
    With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase.
    Freedom in this field can only consist in socialised man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature; and achieving this with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most favourable to, and worthy of, their human nature.
    But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity.
    Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis.
    The shortening of the working-day is its basic prerequisite.”