Wow, this is very concise and insightful, thanks Barry!
Human societies get so stuck in a collective mental groove, like a railroad track, that they cannot see a way out of the predicaments caused by being in that groove. Take ‘jobs’. As automation gradually replaces many of the jobs that make society work today, we worry about where the future jobs are going to come from. For instance, what are all those lorry/taxi/delivery drivers going to do to earn a living when transport is automated? How are we going to generate enough taxes to adequately provision the public sphere and feed those who don’t have jobs?
The only answer is to get out of the groove.
- Why do we need a 5-day-week job, why not 4 or 3 days?
- Why does everybody have to have a ‘job’?
- Why not a basic income for everyone that provides for minimal subsistence?
- Why do countries across the world need to compete economically…
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