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  •  Expanding our notion of what sort of labor (3+ / 0-)
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    is worthy of monetary compensation would help.

    For instance, for some reason if you raise your child at home, it's not work.  If you send your child to an institution (child care facility), it's work.

    There's lots of labor we do everyday that contributes to our economy (material culture) that we don't deem worthy of a money token.

    We also need to be creating a culture that values culture, and those who make it, including the culture of sitting around and thinking about how to make a better culture.

    In other words, re-read the Greeks and take to heart the notion that we labor so we can afford to labor in ways we would prefer :)

    •  I'm with katiec. And Keynes. (4+ / 0-)
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      The fundamental assumption of the current system of capitalism is that you get paid to work. If you don't work you don't get paid. Simple as that.
      This is exactly what needs to be rethunk. Because where it has put us is that we're seriously arguing it's a moral duty to create jobs in which people will spend large portions of their lives manufacturing consumer goods, even though we're already awash in largely-superfluous consumer goods. And we're seriously saying people in other countries should starve if they can't manufacture us even more, even cheaper, consumer goods.

      I don't know what the Meaning Of Life is. But I'm pretty sure it's not slaving away manufacturing consumer goods for people who don't need any more consumer goods. That is not why we are granted a few short decades on earth.

      It's time we seriously revisited that bit about the "pursuit of happiness."

      I think the tech-unemployment crisis is pushing us to do exactly that.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:17:54 PM PST

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