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Virtual Futures presents Aaron Bastani in conversation on his new book, 'Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto' (Verso, 2019). This event is kindly hosted by Newspeak House, the London College of Political Technologists.

Fully Automated Luxury Communism promises a radically new left future for everyone.

The first decades of the twenty-first century marked the demise of the current world order. Despite widespread acknowledgement of a series of disruptive crises, the proposed response from the mainstream has been to stick with the status quo. Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics a new paradigm has emerged. Fully Automated Luxury Communism claims that new technologies will liberate us from work, providing the opportunity to build a society beyond both capitalism and scarcity. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness. For everyone.

In his first book, leading political commentator Aaron Bastani conjures a new politics: a vision of a world of unimaginable hope, highlighting how we might move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society heralds the beginning of history.

In conversation with Richard Barbrook, Senior Lecturer at University of Westminster.

Moderated by Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures.

Aaron Bastani is co-founder and senior editor at Novara Media. He holds a PhD from the New Political Communication Unit, University of London, examining social movements in the digital environment which fail to correspond to the traditional logic of collective action. His research interests include new media, social movements, asymmetric strategies and post-scarcity political economy. He has written for Vice, London Review of Books, Guardian and Open Democracy.

Richard Barbrook is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, London, England. He is a trustee of Cybersalon and a founder member of Class Wargames. He has written about the politics of the Net and gaming in his books Media Freedom: The Contradictions of Communications in the Age of Modernity; The Class of the New; Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village; and Class Wargames: Ludic Subversion Against Spectacular Capitalism.

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18:30 – 19:00: Registration & Drinks
19:00 – 20:00: In Conversation with Aaron Bastani
20:00 – 20:30: Audience Q&A
20:30 – Late: Book Signing & Networking

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Discounts are available for students and early career researchers. Contact info@virtualfutures.co.uk for Promo Codes.

Tickets are FREE for journalists and members of the press.

About the Book

'Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto' is published by Verso: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2757-fully-automated-luxury-communism

About the Venue

Newspeak House is an independent residential college founded in 2015 to study, nurture and inspire emerging communities of practice across UK public sector and civil society. Check out their other events at: http://nwspk.com/events

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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC).
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