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Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 05:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    has suggested a 33 hour work week and a retirement age of 70 or 75, and the media applauds.

    A life of part time work and no retirement? Sounds like a blast!

    /snark

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:20:51 AM PDT

  •  Non-transcript video is a hostile act. (0+ / 0-)
    In his video speculation for the Next American Economy initiative, MIT professor Frank Levy predicts the rise of an anti-technology movement as the economy stays stagnant.
    Video is far too slow of a medium for communication.  Post a transcript.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:52:34 AM PDT

  •  Levy (0+ / 0-)

    will be proved correct. I myself refuse to use scanners at stores and don't use Internet banking. My few minutes of tome wasted waiting is nit as important as someone losing their job.

    I'm not against technology in mist cases but in retail applications I can wait in line a bug longer.

    •  I don't internet bank, either (0+ / 0-)

      It's too important not to have regular face to face contact to help you if you're in a jam.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 08:40:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You may want to wait in line longer, but there are (0+ / 0-)

      others behind you waiting, too. You may feel sniffingly superior by refusing to use scanners, but I see you like the internet, and I gather you didn't post from an abacus.

      The essence of Luddism is walking barefoot down the middle of a road at rush hour. "Yeppir! I'll show them! Them newfangled automobily things ain't for me!" Except the Luddite just gets run over, whatever Levy wishes or (we'll be generous here) thinks.

      Jobs that machines can really do cheaply and easily are typically crappy jobs, and machines should take them over. If people are driving nails with their bare fists and then hammers come along, hammers should get used. There will be some jobs lost--the displaced should do something else, and yes they should be educated to trained and helped to do something else, and when that doesn't happen that's a true and important problem. But whining about hammers to save a job ends up keeping people in crappy jobs which eventually get chopped anyway.

      If people don't want to get left behind by technology, then they'd better learn some technology. This is not exactly new news. Farmers use tractors, movers use trucks and not covered wagons, emergency workers have ambulances and not horse-drawn wagons, we all have clean water and faucets rather than community wells and cholera. The Romans built aqueducts rather than hire thousands of bucket-carriers. And plenty of Depression-era electricity-less dirt farmers had grandchildren who now work in very high tech (I am one). And that's progress (the root of progressive)--unless you think scientists would be better off giving up today's health care etc. to drive a mule. So look, it's hardly too much to ask a retailer to wave a scanner, which is about as modern as push-button phones anyway.

      Let's note: Levy read a WORD PROCESSED and PRINTED script with COMPUTER-assembled STATISTICS on a VIDEO broadcast on the INTERNET. Oh yeah. Some Luddite. Perhaps he should have counted statistics on his fingers, put quill to parchment to make a copy for each of his audience, and flown a copy to each recipient by pigeon. Or, wait a second, not high-tech pigeons!--think of the foot-runners and their jobs!

      •  Well dude learn to read (0+ / 0-)

        I said I 'm not against technology kn most cases. I said where
        I wont use technology. We survived just fine with tellers and
        cashiers / baggers. I don't consider teller positions whit jobs an newsflash genius there is a high unemployment rate amongst terns who use to fill those cashier positions.

        Your need to save 10 minutes in your day 2 - 3 days a week is far less
        important than the jobs lost. Too bad you seem to tucking stupid to
        understand that.

  •  prosperity is evil, everyone should be poor (0+ / 0-)

    wheeeeee being a straw man is fun! brb destroying america with brown immigrants

    "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

    by TheHalfrican on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:49:15 PM PDT

  •  Heh. Community used to equal Prosperity... ;) (0+ / 0-)

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:51:55 PM PDT

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