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  •  the stocking personnel aren't needed either (7+ / 0-)

    They are already being replaced with automated GPS-driven robots.

      I wonder what happens to modern capitalism when a large chunk of the workforce, say 25% or so, is completely unnecessary.
    It falls.

    And is replaced by a social system of economic distribution that is not based on job income.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 10:29:14 AM PST

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    •  nothing happens to capitalism; the people just die (3+ / 0-)
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      I wonder what happens to modern capitalism when a large chunk of the workforce, say 25% or so, is completely unnecessary.

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:33:08 PM PST

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      •  Nope. The great advantage that people have (2+ / 0-)
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        Is that given enough cause and discomfort, they will get up and fight back- together- for a change that will benefit all.  That will happen before the masses die.
        It's work together for the benefit of all, or move back into a feudal and/or slave based economy.

      •  No, the people revolt (2+ / 0-)
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        If you think people will be happy to sit and die then you aren't much of a student of human nature. People will fight to destroy the machines or destroy capitalism. Those are our choices at this point. I know what I'll be choosing.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 03:30:20 PM PST

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    •  How much stuff can the robots buy? (2+ / 0-)
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      The obvious way to save capitalism from itself is to start paying the robots.  The robots make the stuff, stock the shelves,they run the cash registers, they replace the customers.

      Money gets made.  Program the robots right and the whole system can run on autopilot.

      Who needs humans anyway?  They're such fickle consumers.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 05:45:35 PM PST

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