Sunday, January 27, 2013

hard time getting here, but job peaks?

I've had the devil's own time finding an opportunity to write here. Seems like my ever waking hour is accounted for someplace else -- either job, or freelancing, or working for Belfort and Bastion (check it out, by the way. New books coming.)

But I did find the time to at least glace at this article by Jon Evans. Very interesting piece. Argues that we are moving toward a jobless society (hard to argue with that) and that unless we learn how to deal with it -- that is, how to give people incomes and self-respect when they aren't working -- then we are in deep trouble.

The final lines sum it up nicely, "If it’s not solved, then in the coming decades you can expect a self-perpetuating privileged elite to accrue more and more of the wealth generated by software and robots, telling themselves that they’re carrying the entire world on their backs, Ayn Rand heroes come to life, while all the lazy jobless “takers” live off the fruits of their labor. Meanwhile, as the unemployed masses grow ever more frustrated and resentful, the Occupy protests will be a mere candle flame next to the conflagrations to come. It’s hard to see how that turns into a post-scarcity society. Something big will need to change."

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