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  •  Robots are ok (4+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, Gorette, HeyMikey, qofdisks

    When I lived in NY, the group I worked for held a protest because the phone company NYNEX was laying off 25,000 phone operators from their 411 system, replaced by the computers that answer 411 calls now. We protested because they were good middle class union jobs that you could raise a family on.

    But now when I think back on it, we should have been happy that human beings didn't have to answer each and every 411 call. Instead we should have figured out a way to make sure that NYNEX (now Verizon) shared the profits from their newfound productivity with their former workers.

    As technology improves and productivity increases, we need a system to--wait for it--share the wealth so that it doesn't just pool at the top for CEOs and hedge fund managers etc. to make out like bandits while we struggle to make a living in an economy that's still set up like it's the mid-20th Century when folks had the same job for 30 years and then retired.

    "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." --John Lennon. Follow me @riseupeconomics

    by RiseUpEconomics on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:13:20 AM PDT

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    •  Yes those were not great jobs...but (2+ / 0-)
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      they were jobs.  Now those people are out of work and depressed.

      It is great to replace crappy jobs, but somehow we need to replace them with good jobs, but our economy is not set up to do that.

      The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

      by NCJim on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:16:22 AM PDT

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      •  We need to change our concept of work and jobs (2+ / 0-)
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        HeyMikey, qofdisks

        Right now work is the most dominant institution in America, ahead of even the Family.

        We work more than half of our waking hours on this planet. Work determines our income, our ability to get medical care, the neighborhood we can live in, the schools our kids can go to.

        Work is up here, and we need to bring it down here (picture some hand gestures here). We need to bring work down a few notches.

        Instead of being the only way we can get money, it could be something we do to earn additional money on top of our basic income (and the basic income of our spouses/partners/roomates).

        Work could become about developing our talents instead of just making as much money as possible.

        If we had a constant source of money to fall back on, we could try lots of different kinds of work that maybe we can't right now because we're afraid of losing our good-paying job.

        A basic income could serve as a national strike fund that allows people to stand up to their bosses and ask for raises and better working conditions.

        People could work part time and still have a decent standard of living.

        "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." --John Lennon. Follow me @riseupeconomics

        by RiseUpEconomics on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:30:31 AM PDT

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