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  •  Life will improve.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stetson, IowaBiologist

    We've got to stay positive.  Change is never easy.  We are shifting to a new paradigm.  We must embrace it.

    If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

    by Raggedy Ann on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 06:55:31 AM PST

    •  Assuming this happens at all (2+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, melo

      before the economy runs up against resource limits, if we want to benefit from this trend, we can't just passively "embrace" something that could well turn out to be an unstoppable juggernaut.  Instead, we've got to think in considerable detail about where we want to go as a society.  

      That implies a great deal of thoughtful planning, which in many ways is the opposite of capitalism.  No longer can we rely on the old market chestnut that anything and everything that individuals do in their own selfish interest will somehow add up to the greater good for everyone.  We already have plenty of counterexamples where the unrestrained market has clearly done the opposite.  

      This could be the ultimate perverse outcome in which we ourselves are eliminated and the machines keep running things on their own - that is, until some critical component shorts out and everything simply comes crashing down.

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      by IowaBiologist on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:07:24 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps I misunderstood Raggedy Ann (1+ / 0-)
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        melo

        and read her statement too quickly at first.  I think she is saying that what we must embrace as a new paradigm is not the trend toward robotic dystopia itself. Rather, the new paradigm includes a new perspective that posits sweeping institutional changes and rejects the idea that the economy determines all that matters.

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        by IowaBiologist on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 12:40:19 AM PST

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    •  We must embrace the human choice of a future (4+ / 0-)
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      IowaBiologist, Parthenia, melo, linkage

      that we want to have, collectively, as the human species.

      As long as we have democracy, it is indeed possible for people as a whole to choose a better future. But if people passively accept that negative changes must be accepted, and don't use the power of democracy to implement different rules and systems to create positive change instead of negative change, then life will get worse.

      Either way, as long as humans have the ballot box, and the willingness to use it, we can choose. And if no politicians on the ballot see the problems or have the right solutions, then people will just have to get other people to run for office and vote for them instead.

      The question is, will people bother to use the power they still have?

      The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

      by Eric Stetson on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 12:57:00 PM PST

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