Save Humanity Now
Without liberty, free markets and decentralized technology,
prosperity can be enjoyed by only a few. This leads to instability and hardship. I intend to persuade you that automation within the context of free enterprise is
essential to our survival - both now, and for centuries to come.
It is not enough to have factories that produce valuable
products with extraordinary efficiency. Even if you also have extreme automation in the service industries, you could still have a population that is poor and
nearly powerless to improve personal economic circumstances. How? All that is needed to produce widespread poverty is centralized economic control.
Centralized control is an effective impediment to upward
mobility. It is often motivated by a short-sighted fear of competition from newcomers. This fear on the part of those already established in business sometimes
comes together with political corruption. When too few people own or regulate productivity, those people have too much power for the long-term stability and
tranquility of their society - the society that they take for granted as permanent. Rich and poor alike eventually become victims of chaos if hard working people
are unfairly prevented from earning access to markets.
Upward mobility is essential to any society if that society
is to be sustainable, let alone happy. In a society kept honest by corruption-free courts, the most successful companies would be the ones offering the highest
quality work and the best ideas. A large company fearful of new competition would be wise to adapt to the new environment and innovate rather than bribe
officials or create illegal arrangements. The detection of criminality is improving steadily, but criminality and corruption are still the biggest threats to free
markets and personal prosperity.
The history of invention paints a vivid picture of the growth
of prosperity. If you have more or better automation, you have more prosperity. Time and again, and in every industry, we have increased the value produced by
each worker through automation. Every time, this has lowered the cost of workers' creations; and every time, the economic circumstances experienced by even
the poorest of us has improved. As a direct result, people considered poor today have conveniences and capabilities that would be the envy of the wealthiest people
of times past.
Now we come to the heart of the matter. Why would any
society knowingly use less effective automation than it has? The disgusting answer is this: At least since 1970, politicians in the United States have solicited
votes in part by promising to protect existing jobs. Going slow on robotics has been an official government policy. There is a lot of corruption implicit in this
answer. How did politicians get any influence over such things in the first place? How many generations of laborers and assembly workers will be born and
retire before elected representatives stop pandering to the fear of job loss? How much more debt will be incurred in pursuit of centralized control, government
dependencies and misguided industrial policies? The private sector needs to automate more effectively (as it knows how to do) and without arguing for laws
and regulations designed to protect them from new competition.
Retraining and reeducation are no longer the issues. Stop
training young workers to do jobs that need not exist!
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