December 26, 2021

S02E10 - Aaron Benanav on Associational Socialism and Democratic Planning

A world without scarcity is possible for everybody! Aaron Benanav shares his idea of how we could achieve this associational utopia, today.

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Aaron Benanav's Website:

Aaron on Twitter:

Benanav, Aaron. 2020. Automation and the Future of Work. London: Verso 2020:

Benanav, Aaron. 2021. Automatisierung und die Zukunft der Arbeit. Berlin: Suhrkamp:

Benanav, Aaron. 2020. How to Make a Pencil. Logic Magazine, 12 (Open Access):

Benanav, Aaron. 2021. Service Work in the Pandemic Economy. International Labor and Working Class History, 99, 66–74 (Open Access):

Benanav, Aaron. 2020. A World Without Work? Dissent (New York), 67(4), 45–52 (Open Access):

Titles, names and concepts mentioned in this episode:

Neurath, Otto. 2005 [1925]. Economic Plan and Calculation in Kind. In: Otto Neurath Economic Writings Selections 1904–1945 (pp. 405-465), Vienna Circle Collection, Dordrecht: Springer:

UBI (Wiki):

New Keynesianism (Wiki):

Pat Devine (Wiki):

Fikret Adaman at the Istanbul Policy Center:

Adaman, F. and  Devine, P. 1996. "The Economic Calculation Debate: Lessons for Socialists", In: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 20, 523-537 (Open Access):

Mariana Mazzucato:

Mechanism design (Wiki):

Hayek, F. A. 2011 [1945]. “The Use of Knowledge in Society”. Mises Daily Articles (Open Access):

Hayek, F. A. 2005. "Economics and Knowledge". Mises Daily Articles (Open Access):

Hayek, F. A. 2011 [1936]. Collectivist Economic Planning. London: Routledge (Open Access):

Peter Kropotkin (Wiki):

Friedrich Engels (WIki):

Karl Marx (Wiki):

Podcasts episodes with Aaron other than Future Histories:

NovaraFM Podcast, "After the Robots: Aaron Benanav on Work, Automation, and Utopia":

Tech Won’t Save Us Podcast, "Jobs Suck, But Not Because of Automation ft. Aaron Benanav":

Aufhebungabunga Podcast, "It’s Not Robots, It’s Capitalism ft. Aaron Benanav / Liz Pancotti":


Further Future Histories Episodes on related topics:

S01E31/32 | Daniel E. Saros on Digital Socialism and the Abolition of Capital (pt. 1 & 2):;

S01E58 | Jasper Bernes on Planning and Anarchy:

S01E44/45 | Benjamin Bratton on Synthetic Catallaxies, Platforms of Platforms & Red Futurism (pt. 1 & 2):;

S01E16 | Richard Barbrook on Imaginary Futures:

(German) S01E18 | Simon Schaupp zu Kybernetik und radikaler Demokratie:

(German) S01E19 | Jan Philipp Dapprich zu sozialistischer Planwirtschaft:

(German) S01E38 | Ulrike Herrmann zu kapitalistischer Planwirtschaft:

(German) S01E39 | Jens Schröter zur Gesellschaft nach dem Geld:

(German) S01E51 | Timo Daum zur unsichtbaren Hand des Plans:

(German) S01E14 | Harald Welzer zu Kapitalismus, Planwirtschaft & liberaler Demokratie:

(German) S01E47 | Stefan Meretz zu Commonismus:


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