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The Hourglass Economy

Auto-Industrialism: DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society by Peter Murphy SAGE Publications, 2017, 136 pages, £45 ______________________________   The revolt of the deplorables and their role in the election of President Donald Trump has focused attention on the plight of white working-class men in rust-belt states where manufacturing jobs have long since migrated offshore. What has attracted less attention is the way in which robotics and automation are eroding middle-class jobs. Peter Murphy’s Auto-Industrialism: DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society admirably redresses that deficit. Murphy’s lively and insightful book is fundamentally optimistic about what…

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