Everyone is just trying to do nothing

May 4, 2015 in Home, Tech vs. Labor

“Everyone is just trying to do nothing”, I once debated with a friend. I claimed that there are people who just like to work; I always took pride in my work. But, the point was that our early motives are based in a quest for apathy. To get wealth and then do nothing. This quest for apathy is the reason people may abuse social programs, and it is the reason people dream of opening a business in hopes of an early retirement.

Thinking even bigger, all of our greatest progresses are made when we find a way to do a human job without as much effort, and more effectively. People who discover these ways to displace human labor earn great rewards, which may trickle back down, but not at the value equal to that which was displaced. Much like the horses that starved off after farm machinery emerged some still remain, in less strenuous jobs granted, but the population of horses decreased by half  within just two decades.

In our attempt to “do nothing” we are devaluing human labor. This devaluation is occurring from the top and the bottom, and it’s producing too much unemployment and poverty. Whether we are a business owner trying to find ways to do less, or pay less, or whether we are a person who has given up, dependent on social safety nets or inheritance, we are just trying to do nothing.

We shouldn’t be surprised of this while living in a capitalist economy. The whole idea of capitalism is to produce the minimal need for labor/costs while maximizing production and profit. So, when someone in America throws around the term lazy, it is a bit silly. Now, not everyone in our society is lazy; I’m just proposing that our capitalist system encourages apathy and unemployment. It’s natural. How you decide to treat the unemployed is a matter of morals.

Here are a few ways people’s view of employment can affect policies:
– Some people do not acknowledge that automation exists and may accidentally justify voting to starve off displaced laborers.
– Some people acknowledge automation exists but think only the fittest should survive.
– Some people support federally funded jobless communities because they believe that our immense gains in productivity allow us to be able to afford to preserve the lives of the descendants of the laborers that built our country with their backs.
– Some people believe that socialism is the next stage after capitalism.

I don’t contend that our democratically regulated capitalist system hasn’t been successful, and I’m not saying capitalism shouldn’t have existed. It has produced awesomeness. It’s just not sustainable or conducive to human labor in a highly automated and technical world.

In capitalism, survival of fittest means survival of the smartest and richest. I can see how young poor people today have resorted to “purging” their communities of capitalism with violence. When you have no leverage, strategy, or awareness there is only one way to show your oppression… violence and stealing.

When we start creating intelligent autonomous machines, no matter what rules we program, they may become as violent as the human laborer when they become worthless. These are the problems we must address today, instead of fighting over semantics and problems that were resolved last century after the great depression.

Capitalism was great, until the first engine emerged. The laws/tax policies that once worked, started to cause mass unemployment. Teddy Roosevelt was the first republican to break up corporations, after he saw the negative effects of free market capitalism. After Teddy, the republicans went more towards free market capitalism. Then after the crash and Great Depression, the American people woke up and instituted some socialist policies to balance out the bad effects of capitalism on labor.

Since the 1980’s the USA has become like the pre great depression conservative economy.  The tax rates on the wealthiest people are only a small percent of what they were before the 80’s. It’s no secret that conservatives like to decrease taxes on the wealthy and like to privatize social programs… and its no secret that democrats dominated politics up until the 1980’s. Even Bill Clinton and Obama had far more conservative policies than past democrats… mainly because on congressional constraints. Conservative politics continually displace labor at faster paces without a sustainable plan for the unemployed.

Even most my democratic friends don’t really understand economics, they just happen to be voting for the right policies based on some sort of personal moral guideline. This is why I also hold no hate or resentment towards republicans that just happen to choose the policies that cause natural poverty and oppression. It took me many years of reading, and a certain kind of mind, to discover the history of the economy of the world. There are more random variables and speculation in economics than the physical laws that rule our world. It takes a certain type of scientist to comprehend the world… not one that memorizes, but one that can relate values and properties in thought. Words are too confining to express things that are beyond the capacity of our language or existence.

I’m not going to hold my breath while the world learns historical lessons about crime, poverty, labor, and economic systems. I don’t trust any elite group to make decisions for the worlds, but I also don’t trust voters to make the right choices. I just accept that these problems will exist and that my knowledge may be useless. I’m just waiting for the day that Gort emerges to enforce the ultimate marshal law… to stop the violence and protect biological catastrophe… i.e. protect the destruction of life including human life.

Thank you to all the friends who make light of current events to bring some happiness to the world. In a few years when we are in Great Depression II, you may wish you took the time to talk about these issues.