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Info-Tech Is Not the New Utopia

Info-Tech Is Not the New Utopia 720905 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796017720905New Labor ForumBrick research-article2017 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2017, Vol. 26(3) 11 –15 Info-Tech Is Not the Copyright © 2017, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: New Utopia sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796017720905 DOI: 10.1177/1095796017720905 journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Howard Brick Keywords capitalism, globalization, informal economy, Marxism, neoliberalism, automation, information technology Is another (economic) world possible? When “socialist”), and I welcome and embrace his argu- economists Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich ment for the necessity of such a future, especially Hayek helped invent the doctrine of neoliberal- in the face of the present and coming dangers he ism in the 1930s and 1940s, they meant to say, cites. Mason’s book, however, is less a sure guide decisively, “No!” Only the unregulated price to the future than a ghost of futures past. His pre- system could assure the rational allocation of sentation of “postcapitalism” as a dramatically new resources, economic growth, and stability over analysis of present conditions and future prospects the long haul. That is why Margaret Thatcher actually evokes visions that are at least fifty or sixty famously declared, “There is no alternative” to years, maybe a century, old—visions that proved free market principles, and hence http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Info-Tech Is Not the New Utopia

New Labor Forum , Volume 26 (3): 5 – Sep 1, 2017

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720905 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796017720905New Labor ForumBrick research-article2017 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2017, Vol. 26(3) 11 –15 Info-Tech Is Not the Copyright © 2017, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: New Utopia sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796017720905 DOI: 10.1177/1095796017720905 journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Howard Brick Keywords capitalism, globalization, informal economy, Marxism, neoliberalism, automation, information technology Is another (economic) world possible? When “socialist”), and I welcome and embrace his argu- economists Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich ment for the necessity of such a future, especially Hayek helped invent the doctrine of neoliberal- in the face of the present and coming dangers he ism in the 1930s and 1940s, they meant to say, cites. Mason’s book, however, is less a sure guide decisively, “No!” Only the unregulated price to the future than a ghost of futures past. His pre- system could assure the rational allocation of sentation of “postcapitalism” as a dramatically new resources, economic growth, and stability over analysis of present conditions and future prospects the long haul. That is why Margaret Thatcher actually evokes visions that are at least fifty or sixty famously declared, “There is no alternative” to years, maybe a century, old—visions that proved free market principles, and hence

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