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  •  And they ask.... (4+ / 0-)

    Why pay somebody when I can just use a machine?

    The answer?

    If you don't pay people, their value drops, and when their value drops they are increasingly unable to meet needs with their labor shorting wants, increasing crime, raising costs due to sickness and the many other things poor people suffer from.

    The result of that is they simply become unable to afford the product of the machines.

    Truth is, when we make machines, we free time and labor that can be applied to better machines, or more robust lives, or more advanced things, better things, simpler things.

    Always going for the cheaper things means we devalue ourselves and for a time it works, but in the end, when so many of us simply are not valued properly things break down, and that is where we are right now.

    Could be you tomorrow.

    It has been me twice in my life.  Jumped careers twice, finally settling on people based work because they simply cannot easily outsource that, and so I will endure for a time valued well enough to live a modest life.

    Can all of us do that?  No.  The basic labors are always needed.  Always.

    So we come to a basic question.  Is it OK to undervalue people so that we get nice things?

    That cool computer you are working on is the product of a lot of people royally screwed to bring it to you.  The words we exchange here are subsidized with blood and bright futures rendered moot.

    That cheap sandwich you get?  The guy who made it has no real future, will likely die early, can't retire, won't see good health care without an expensive subsidy, will see great difficulty owning a home.

    Wash, rinse repeat for wave after wave of work, whole industries gone or rolled over into low wage jobs where they paid family wage jobs before.

    Suddenly that sandwich costs too much, because an increasing number of people do not make enough to participate in the society they live in.

    That is the impact of your words.  Know it.

    ***Be Excellent To One Another***

    by potatohead on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:22:17 PM PST

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