Automation and Labor

Authors

  • William Glazier

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-010-03-04-1958-07-08_5

Keywords:

Political Economy, Labor

Abstract

Whenever a new machine or system of machines increases labor productivity in any society, the opportunity presents itself for the working people to live a better life. As far as the United States is concerned, the extent and the timing of any such improvements in living standards depend, of course, upon the outcome of a whole series of economic and political contests between workers and employers. These differences over how the output is to be divided up, and the compromise solutions which result, are usually irrelevant to the production potential of the machines themselves. Similarly, in an underdeveloped country, or in one operating under a planned economy, although the manner in which it is decided how increased productivity will be used is not the same, it nevertheless still holds true that the considerations brought into play are again not directly related to the latent productivity of a new technique or machine.

Published

1958-07-04

Issue

Section

Articles