Interview: Technology, capitalism, and the future of the left

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Spring 2018

Nick Srnicek, a radical political economist based in London, has emerged as one of the major contemporary left theorists of technology and capitalism in the twenty-first century. A leading advocate of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), his two books, Inventing the Future (2015) (with Alex Williams) and Platform Capitalism (2017) have been broadly influential, including for the current Labour leadership. His perspective is at once optimistic and cautious: recognising the potential of automation to enable a ‘world without work’, while warning that the left has barely begun to challenge corporate power over new technologies.

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