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  •  what jobs? (4+ / 0-)

    machines, robots and computers, have replaced the need for humans to do mindless, soul-killing, drudge labor,  and rightfully so.  Humans should have better things to do, like write poetry, care for children or the elderly, watch grass grow and reflect upon things, grow a garden, make love.

    The root problem we face is that the root metric of the "value" of a human is the dollar amount s/he can sell labor to a Capitalist for,  and if they can't find that niche they are valueless,  worthless, less than human. A moocher.

    We are trying to run a 21st Century technological civilization with an 18th Century operatingphilosophical system.

    MB, to steal a line from you, "Don't tell me how much money you have as an indication of your value, show me what you do with your money and how you got it and I'll know what your value is."

    OTOH, WTF are we doing putting a "value" on a human?  That's what I mean about the philosophical system.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:35:30 PM PDT

    •  And therein lies the problem (3+ / 0-)
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      lostinamerica, Barton Funk, claude

      We can't create enough jobs to keep people working.  The population keeps growing, but the need for labor shrinks with automation.  It's the 600 lb gorilla in the room.  

      Where are these tens of millions of jobs going to come from?  What are we going to do with those who are not employed?  

      It's the questions no one in power wants to answer or even consider.

      As I see it, we have 2 choices:

      1)   Move towards a European style socialism and the semi-welfare state

      2)  Continue the way we are and create a permanent underclass that cannot ever find work.  

      Washington pontificates about tax rates as if they're going to be the be all and end all of the future.  What they ought to be doing is talking about what the hell are we going to do with 50,000,000 more people when it comes to food, shelter, healthcare, and so on and no work to be had.  

      Washington think about the future?  What the hell was I thinking?  

    •  Claude, you make me think... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...of a favorite high school teacher in the late 1940s.  He was a socialist (I think), an egalitarian,  and an idealist.  He told us we should all learn things that we could enjoy because we were growing into an egalitarian utopia where we would only need to work a few hours a week to produce what was needed for survival.

      Beyond that, he said, we could write poetry, enjoy music, and as you so magnificently state simply, "watch the grass grow."

      Too bad the money changers got into control first.  Margaret Thatcher and TINA were incorrect.  There is, or at least was, an alternative.

      Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are being persecuted for telling the truth. Paul Craig Roberts

      by dharmasyd on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:54:34 PM PDT

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