[ExI] Is unemployment the future?
thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed Nov 4 02:47:54 UTC 2009
On 11/3/2009 7:14 PM, Emlyn wrote:
> The thing is this: it's not a sign of failure, per se, that this is
> happening. If we are doing tech civilization right, the jobs*should*
> be disappearing. After all, a job is something which needs doing, but
> which no one will volunteer to do. Somehow we often forget, in our
> quest for high employment levels and job security, that people,
> overall, fundamentally don't actually want jobs; they want financial
> security (ie: to be able to live), and jobs have been a necessary
> evil, an indirect method and usually the only way to provide that.
Spot on, the whole post, aka "what he said". I do find myself wondering
whether my instant agreement with this excellent summary from Emlyn is
just a side-effect of our both being Australians, from an alternative
universe that's *quite like* the US but massively different as well.
> (A quick aside: many of the "efficiencies" we see aren't from
> automation, but from exploiting cheap overseas labour, so we resemble
> at least in part the slave based empires of the past. That probably
> undermines a lot of my argument
The only problem I saw with Emlyn's post was that IMO this should have
been the starting point in any assessment of the current problem (as
seen from the privileged First World). It's a frightful shock here if
your job is snatched away by some coolie in an alien land, but I
wouldn't be surprised if the coolie is rather pleased by the new
opportunities. If all else fails, our washing machines (made
inexpensively for us by coolies) can take in their laundry...
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