@gayleafcrime Very true, that’s a dimension I definitely overlooked in the OP. If anything, it would mean the ruling class granting less concessions and a more assertive defense of the capitalist order – dangerous possibilities. I foresee conservatives and right-populists taking that route, while liberals will opt for the “more superfluous jobs” idea and social democrats will opt for a universal basic income – all different tactics to maintain the same organizational structures. The basic premise of means of production ownership needs to be constantly questioned and assessed and pulled into the mainstream discourse. Dispossession can lead to fascism when influenced by the hard-right bourgeois elements, absolutely, but increasing left-populism is the flipside of that coin; if populists want an “us vs them” narrative in the rising tensions of late capitalist automation, let it be the people vs the ruling class, let it be the people vs the elites that dispossessed them.
It’s a complicated issue, and all I can recommend is doubling down on building class consciousness and pulling the ideas leftward. Help others peel back the facade and see the oppressive inner workings.