The Insulting Notion of Earning a Living

fukdI do get the point of this meme and it has a little bit of truth to it.

No Jobs

It correctly identifies that the current economy has no place for most of the people who are currently unemployed or under-employed.

Only economic growth can, “create,” jobs and economic growth requires parallel growth in the amount of natural resources consumed.

The economy has stopped growing in any meaningful way because the key natural resources that support our current size (fossil fuels) are becoming depleted and cannot be replaced.

Why No Jobs?

The meme also seems to correctly identify the reason that there is so little room for human workers in the economy. That is automation through technical innovation.

Why This Meme Must Die

Because it suggests that more automation is the solution. Automation is really just the process of replacing human labor with fossil fuel powered machines.

If the economy were a car speeding towards a cliff, this meme seems to suggest that we try to go even faster towards it so that maybe instead of falling to our death we’ll magically take off and never have to worry about gravity again.

The economic system implied by this meme is definitely a possibility but could only function for a very brief moment in history due to the gigantic amounts of energy it would require.

It could be argued that the system has already been attempted and resulted in what we have today.


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