Automation and Secularization

One of the reasons The Deplorables elected OMP was his promise to make America great again; in essence, OMP vowed to bring back back-breaking labor (coal/mining), manufacturing, sales and other menial jobs that require little education, something many of The Deplorables lacked. 1

Technology will put paid to that canard:

Automation is accelerating. The software powering these robots becomes more powerful every day. We can’t stop it. But we can adapt to it.

Bill Gates recommends we tax robotic workers so that we can recapture some of the money displaced workers would have paid as income tax.

Elon Musk recommends we adopt universal basic income and give everyone a certain amount of money each year so we can keep the economy going even as millions of workers are displaced by automation.

And I recommend we take some of the taxpayer money we’re using to subsidize industries that are now mostly automated, and instead invest it in training workers for emerging engineering jobs.

Truck Driving Man

As of 2014, “Truck Driver” is the most common job in almost every state in the US.

The Deplorables, like everyone else, will have to adapt to the inevitable.

Historically, however, the problem has always been that a certain segment of society, of which The Deplorables comprise a large portion, is resistant to change; they want things “just as they are” or “the way things used to be.” Even worse, many of them combine these Luddite tendencies with a dogged effort to defy the West’s ongoing secularization. This is especially true when egged on by foaming at the mouth religious zealots.

This does not bode well for the future.

Sure, the governments of the world could initiate long range plans of re-education/training of their populaces, along with providing monetary support in an effort to minimize the impact of the coming transition. That is, at least notionally, what governments do; provide for the welfare of their people.

But history teaches that what will most likely happen is dictators/autocrats/despots(and undoubtedly OMP) will instead use the attendant rising unemployment and dissatisfaction of The Deplorables as a tool to further inflame societal gulfs, while at the same time claiming that The Other is the root cause and we must engage them in The Forever War.

In other words, plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.

Wake up, people.

Automation and Secularization

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  1. Yes fear, xenophobia, misogynism and racism all played a part, but we’re not speaking of that at the moment.

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