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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls, It Tolls for You:

Oxford researchers say that 45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years.

That's it, folks.  Game over.  When Oxford researchers are telling you something, it's time to sit up and listen.  By the time you can raise the next generation of children to adulthood, they won't have any jobs left to do.  So, question, why are we even educating the young anymore?  By the time they're out of college and ready for work, machines will have already replaced us all.

There is nothing more annoying than the smarmy smirk of an employed person telling others they need to 'work harder.'  For those without the intelligence, charisma, or connections of the successfully employed, hard work won't get them anywhere even if they did try hard like they were advised.  Meanwhile, people who work hard and succeed think it was their hard work which was the 'vital factor' when in fact that's meaningless compared to their good luck being born with the right stats ahead of time.  Once you realize genes matter far more than anything else in this world, it's absurd for anyone to be self-congratulatory about anything they ever do in their lives.

America is already an empty shell, pretending to have 7% unemployment, while in fact only having 38% employment.  Of those 38% of Americans who are employed, most of them are in makework jobs no one really wants or needs anyway (for instance, our military, or public education, or advertisers.)  Now we learn that this number will soon be halved down to 19% employment, as Oxford has discovered that all of these jobs are easily automizable.  How long can this game of musical chairs continue until too many people are unemployed, can't find work, can't find status and can't find money in this farce anymore?

The advice in the article is simply laughable.  "People will go into creative and social jobs computers can't follow."  Well, creative work is for the high IQ, so that's out.  And social jobs are exclusively for women, because men can't possibly compete with the genetic advantages women have when dealing with others.  This advice offers absolutely no hope to young men, who also happen to be the most violent people on Earth.  Either the entire population is going to have to be jailed or America will have to pass a citizen's dividend.  This game where we just deny what's going on right in front of us can't stretch on much longer.  When half of all employed Americans lose their jobs, we will finally reach the critical threshold of voters who demand change in society.  I'd rather everyone lost their jobs, so no one could lord it over anyone else anymore, but computers still need a little more work before we reach that point it seems.  More's the pity, but with even half of Americans unable to find work, a democratic majority has been formed.  This is game over.  Anyone still trying to live in the 1980's, trying to promote capitalism and free markets and hard work and education and all that jazz, is dead in the water with this news release.

45% of currently employed Americans are going to lose their jobs in the next 20 years.  Good luck arguing for capitalism then.

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