The Swedish journalist Karin Pettersson discusses the work of her British colleague Paul Mason.
“A remarkable work”, she marvels in the tabloid Aftonbladet (August 18). “Mason writes that the old bulwark of the left-wing political struggle, the socially organized working class, is severely weakened today. Instead he puts his hopes in the emerging digital class….
“Information should be free, without loyalty to hierarchies or states. In the modern networks far from the logic of the market economy, free services like Wikipedia and Linux are being developed. And a modern form of barter economy is emerging….
“Mason’s utopia is far-reaching: an economic system in which wage labour and control by market forces are abolished. You don’t have to agree with him but his ideas are stimulating: a largely reformed financial sector, the introduction of a basic income to accelerate structural change, and a combination of state intervention and network solutions to counter the climate crisis.”