The avant-academic poet and critic M. Nealon, newly writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books, has excitedly reported (failing to mention a certain 19th century book called Das Kapital) on a new, breakthrough finding in Left economic analysis, by the contemporary economist M. Mason: That the rapid displacement of workers by robotic mechanization is setting up a long-term global contradiction for the accumulation of surplus value by Capital, a contradiction with profound systemic implications! Poetry may well be 50 years behind art, as they say. But it seems to be something like 150 years behind Karl and Friedrich.