Economics journalist Paul Mason says globalisation has created a whole new class of working people and the world is on the verge of a post-capitalism where work is being reinvented.
‘The best of capitalism is behind us.For the rest it will be over in our lifetime’.
That’s a bold claim from British economics reporter Paul Mason – who has spent much of his career looking at the subjects of labour and the working class.
He says globalisation has created a whole new class of working people – and they are now living out the upheavals that workers in the developed world went through between one and two hundred years ago.But he reckons we’re now on the verge what he calls ‘post-capitalism’ where the work we do and how we do it will have be re-invented.
He says in the last 30 years number of people in the global workforce has doubled and that means the market price of a worker is low.
Add to that a coming wave of automation and assumptions based on past experience must be abandoned he says.
‘We’re now entering a world where we’re going to see large scale automation … and I want that to happen because I want there to be more free time in the world; I see freedom and free time as quite intimately connected’.
‘To do that we’re going to have to find ways of paying people that don’t depend on the amount of work they do which is why so many of us are focussing on a basic income and on working for free’.