[ExI] retrainability of plebeians

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Sat May 2 03:30:09 UTC 2009

2009/5/2 Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:
> At 11:28 PM 4/30/2009 -0400, Rafal wrote:
>>  > If a universal income made it really hard
>> > to employ people to do this, then it would provide incentive to
>> > private industry (or a free project!) to automate the job once and for
>> > all.
>> ### Since you would need to tax private industry into oblivion to
>> provide an universal income guarantee, nothing would get automated.
> The thread-context has been lost, I think. My sense is that this thread
> started as an enquiry into what happens as machines drive more and more
> people out of work--can such people be retained, and for what jobs? Even so,
> in my own long post summarizing early analyses of guaranteed income
> proposals, I cited one economist's estimate that introducing such a scheme
> in the 1960s or 1970s would have cost the equivalent of a small war. There
> has been a number of wars since then, large and small, paid for by
> taxpayers, yet private industry is still around (even if it's currently
> battered by other failures, usually of its own making).
> Damien Broderick
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Yes thread context lost. Reboot.


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