If you could come up with anything other than "enough paid work will appear" without having any reason or any idea what new area of work will appear in for mass employment, I'd believe you when you say that it's not your argument that enough paid work will inevitably appear from nothing for no known reason. Something happening in the past in very different circumstances doesn't mean it will happen again in the future. Employment figures could have increased because of reduced working hours - if two people on 10 hour a week contracts replace one person on a 40 hour a week contract the number of jobs has doubled but the amount of paid work has halved. Zero hour contracts count as a job. Or they could have increased because for the time being it's still cheaper in the short term to pay minimum wage than to automate. Most businesses won't plan ahead very far and focus on short term cost cutting, so automation is proceeding slowly most of the time. The biggest pace of change has been the move to online because that was mostly paid for by customers and could be framed as a short term cost reduction. Incidentally, people became luddites because they and their families were dying. It wasn't a trivial or purely ideological thing.