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Paul Mason, ‘Can Robots Kill Capitalism?’

by Gareth Bryant on December 13, 2016
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Paul Mason Public Talk: Can Robots Kill Capitalism?

Co-presented by the Department of Political Economy, the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), Sydney Ideas and the Greens Political Education Trust

“The British miners had to be smashed so that we could have Facebook”, so states Paul Mason in his latest best-selling book PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.

Since the smashing of labour’s collective bargaining power under neoliberalism, how is the transition to a postcapitalist society to be enacted? Are we currently witnessing the zombie state of neoliberalism in its death throes? What is the role of technology and automation, as well as human agency, in shaping the future?

These issues and more will animate Paul Mason’s exclusive talk at the University of Sydney. This former Economics Editor at Channel 4 and now writer and broadcaster on economics and social justice will detail that we live in a time when it is easier to imagine the end of the world through ecological deterioration than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.

Join us in this provocative and charged discussion to consider how to make postcapitalism happen.

Event details

When: Monday 6 February 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Where: Business School Auditorium, Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney (Corner of Codrington & Abercrombie Streets)

Cost: Free with online registration

Contact: Gareth Bryant, gareth.bryant@sydney.edu.au or Adam Morton, adam.morton@sydney.edu.au

Gareth Bryant
Gareth Bryant is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.

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