As many of you know, capitalist talk of automation includes a vision that dispenses with workers completely. This myopic vision is impossible since without paying workers wages, who is going to buy capitalist products off the shelf? Under capitalism, it appears that automation is the enemy of workers.
However, another definition used by Marxian and anarchist theoreticians is of automation that supplements the work of workers, by relieving them of the mechanical, rote tasks while working less. Given extreme weather and the pandemic, is it too late for post-scarcity socialism?