Can Robots Kill Capitalism?

Co-presented with the Department of Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), and the Greens Political Education Trust

Paul Mason, journalist and broadcaster

6 February, 2017

"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.