I've long been an admirer of Alan Watts but it blows my mind how good of a handle he had on economic mechanization and it's effects. Apparently, he had his head wrapped well around this topic prior to the 1970's. In this speech, "Money, Guilt and the Machine," he even talks about a guaranteed basic income which is an idea just now hitting the zeitgeist half a century later.
YouTube recording of the speech: http://goo.gl/OlcV7D
Scribd transcription of the speech: http://goo.gl/oDfuVd
Alan Watts Wikipedia page: http://goo.gl/O7nJ