Botworld: The citizen is no longer an asset

In the months I’ve been contributing posts at Blazing Cat Fur, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around some paradoxes. For example, why would Western governments welcome a large influx of low-skills migrants on the very eve of such jobs being automated?

For example,

Massive robot keeps dock shipshape

Domino’s testing automated pizza delivery

This robot is a better gardener than you

Cavuto warns minimum wage activist that her job could be replaced by robots (Hello? You don’t say! )

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The most reasonable conclusion, for now, is to assume that hundreds of millions of people are groping toward facts that we apprehend correctly but lack the words to explain.

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Now, of course, there will be funny stories about the robot that rammed the pizza into the watchdog’s jaws (Gone viral!!!).

Sure. They used to say that about computers and the internet. They used to say it about Gutenberg’s first printing press and before that the wheel… Probably, before that, the javelin…

No, machines won’t think. (More on that later.) But most people don’t need to think most of the time to do most jobs. And that is what counts.

Another possibly related puzzle is, why do the German and Scandinavian governments cover up the crimes against citizens committed by migrants whom they took in out of compassion?

Please, it’s not that these governments are populated by lofty-minded people. They are populated by people who lack a normal sense of responsibility for the citizens who gave them the benefits they enjoy, to whom they owe a duty.

It’s as if a violent sex abuser on parole beat up our neighbour’s daughter—and her father astonished us by being principally concerned for the welfare of the thug.

In the past, few human beings would have considered that even normal, let alone admirable.

So, I figure, some key change in Western societies must be at work. Here is my first stab at it:

There are thousands of individual instances of this same basic story: Western governments act as though their own citizens don’t matter. Media help them. The public, slightly dazed, goes along.

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But what if most Westerners are, on the whole, long-lived dependents? That would at least explain the absence of official concern about migrancy on the eve of automation. It would also explain absence of official outrage against migrants who abuse hospitality by attacking citizens.

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The most reasonable conclusion, for now, is to assume that hundreds of millions of people are groping toward facts that we apprehend correctly but lack the words to explain.

What if underpaid third world or migrant labour and ‘bots can do most jobs that used to be done by our neighbours and ourselves? How will that change the political and social scene?

We have some answers coming in. One of them is a reduced concern for citizens as opposed to just anyone who is an approved source of “virtue points” among a global elite.

Consider history: If Hatshepsut or Good Queen Bess or Brian Boru heard that migrants were raping and murdering subjects, what would they think? They would think they better put a stop to that, if only because their subjects—the people who loyally farmed, mined, cooked, cleaned, fought wars, and such—were their source of wealth and power.

But what if most Westerners are, on the whole, long-lived dependents?

That would at least explain the absence of official concern about migrancy on the eve of automation. It would also explain absence of official outrage against migrants who abuse hospitality by attacking citizens.

It’s not that people sit around discussing this. It’s more like they begin to act as if it were true.

There may be some other explanation. I’d be happy to hear it. I want to flesh this idea out a little more later, and would welcome feedback.

The Animal (who will soon be back in the non-digital universe) tells me that former mainstream media won’t discuss these topics honestly because it simply is not in their interests to do so. Their interests lie in becoming the official media of new permanent progressive governments.  Close to the Inner Party, I expect.

See also: Trying to understand the Trump candidacy Part 4: Globalization means, among other things, a levelling of the expectations for government.

and

Brave New World vs. 1984: Godzilla vs. King Kong

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