Re: A bit simplistic
"And the philosophy of Marxism, that drives the left, is almost utterly irrelevant in a world in which there are no human workers, only machines."
Ever since I was a boy reading science fiction, I have struggled to see how such a world could work. How do you get the output of the machines to the people?
The best I can come up with is, take all the money, give it to the people, they use it to buy the output of the machines. Then you have to take all the money off the owner of the machines and give it back to the people to keep the cycle going. I don't think you can dispense with money and give the goods directly to the people, how do you know which people need stuff? At least money allows the people to choose which goods to obtain.
If we could only work out where we're headed, the path ahead would be a lot clearer!
In Kurt Vonnegut Jr's debut novel "Player Piano", central planning allocates goods to people, who mostly work in either the army or the "reconstruction and reclamation corps". It turns out not to be a great solution (although it's an excellent novel).
Meanwhile the Star Trek universe survives fine without money, although sadly Mr Roddenberry didn't go into sufficient detail as to how this works.