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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:45 AM

26. That trilogy really opens up the mind to new economic models.


First they are trying to enforce the existing power structure across the distance (time and space) to Mars. Then you end up with the question: what do we do about the economy if we live forever?

This science fiction trilogy is why my reply to "we need more jobs" is usually "Why?" What are we missing that we need more people working to provide it?

It used to take our entire family a month to plant then another to harvest crops. Two guys do each of those tasks in a couple days now. A Caterpillar plant went from over two thousand employees to around two dozen employees, yet continued manufacturing more product.

As technology moves forward, fewer people can do more work in less time. But our economic model has not changed. So we require people to do work for no particular reason whatsoever. The new specialist jobs that keep popping up in the office look quite frankly like complete bullshit. It's almost like someone is just making up jobs so that people can have a job. As long as our economic model is the way it is, I guess I'm glad for that.


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