From Rutgers prof James Livingston at Aeon:
Already a fourth of the adults actually employed in the US are paid wages lower than would lift them above the official poverty line – and so a fifth of American children live in poverty. Almost half of employed adults in this country are eligible for food stamps (most of those who are eligible don’t apply). The market in labour has broken down, along with most others.
Those jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession just aren’t coming back, regardless of what the unemployment rate tells you – the net gain in jobs since 2000 still stands at zero – and if they do return from the dead, they’ll be zombies, those contingent, part-time or minimum-wage jobs where the bosses shuffle your shift from week to week: welcome to Wal-Mart, where food stamps are a benefit.
So the impending end of work raises the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. To begin with, what purposes could we choose if the job – economic necessity – didn’t consume most of our waking hours and creative energies? What evident yet unknown possibilities would then appear? How would human nature itself change as the ancient, aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of human beings as such? More.
Reality check: What those underemployed people really need is automation and non-taxpaying undocumented competition—and poof! They will create several industries:
– Producers of hillbilly heroin
– Cops who arrest, process, and incarcerate those who produce hillbilly heroin
– Social workers, therapists, and death doulas who dispose of the users of hillbilly heroin.
But who needs dignity anyway? Or the right to choose to support a government instead of cringing to be supported by it? Until the death doula arrives.
Today’s global government does not need many human beings, and certainly not free ones.That limits the options of those who support globalism.but would prefer not to be the human equivalent of shelter animals: useless and only just slightly protected by law.
See also: World is begged to learn from Canada’s euthanasia “mistakes” It’s hardly a mistake: Governments like Canada’s did not put away anywhere near enough money to meet the foreseeable health care needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. To say nothing of young, healthy people who are just not needed.