Adam Booth examines the idea of a universal basic income and whether it is a solution to the "race against the machine" that workers find themselves in today.

Adam Booth discusses the demand for a universal basic income, commonly raised in the context of increasing automation and the threat of "technological unemployment". It is clear that many existing workers are being made obsolete from the point of view of the capitalist system. Marxists should be demanding democratic control and planning of the key levers of the economy.

In this video from the recent October Revolution festival, Adam Booth - editor of www.socialist.net - discusses the demand for a universal basic income.

The idea of a UBI is commonly raised in the context of increasing automation and the threat of "technological unemployment", which is making many existing workers obsolete from the point of view of the capitalist system.

But, as Adam explains, UBI is not a solution to the problems facing society in relation to technology and its impact on jobs and wages - the "race against the machine". Instead, Marxists should be demanding democratic control and planning of the key levers of the economy.

UBI and automation: Utopia or nightmare?

In this video from the recent October Revolution festival, Adam Booth - editor of www.socialist.net - discusses the demand for a universal basic income.

The idea of a UBI is commonly raised in the context of increasing automation and the threat of "technological unemployment", which is making many existing workers obsolete from the point of view of the capitalist system.

But, as Adam explains, UBI is not a solution to the problems facing society in relation to technology and its impact on jobs and wages - the "race against the machine". Instead, Marxists should be demanding democratic control and planning of the key levers of the economy.

UBI and automation: Utopia or nightmare?
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