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  •  I disagree with you on one point only (3+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, Einsteinia, Kevskos

    Technology will (has already) reduce the need for employment. Embracing it must therefore include adapting to a world where employment cannot be a priority. Americans are being forced to adapt to a twenty hour week, and an unemployment rate over 20%, (this  would include far fewer burger flipping faux jobs) but both workers and employers are refusing to admit it.
    (Yes, this would require massive, societal changes. Reducing the work year to 1000 hours and allowing families to survive on 1 income would require that housing costs be cut at least in half, the ACA will have to be replaced by a single payer system, and the minimum wage will have to be something like doubled.  Note also that things like the two and three car families will cease to exist - because we will no longer need them, and $100 cable bills and $160 cell phone plans will also have to end. (btw - fewer people will need to go to college, but those who do will not have to borrow $20,000 a year to do so. College will be for those who want it and qualify, not a requirement. That means also that college will return to being training grounds for cultural elites again, no longer glorified trade schools.)
    This new world will, of course, still have needs - doctors and caregivers for an aging population are obvious examples - at least until the present population of those whose health has been ruined by years of continuous backbreaking, dehumanizing work passes on - but that should be a matter of logistics rather than sociology.

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