Skip to comments.The Post-Work Economy. ... Mark Steyn
Posted on 12/06/2013 11:52:37 PM PST by Rummyfan
One consequence of the botched launch of Obamacare is that it has, judging from his plummeting numbers with Millennials, diminished Barack Obamas cool. Its not merely that the website isnt state-of-the-art but that the art its flailing to be state of is that of the mid-20th-century social program. The emperor has hipster garb, but underneath hes just another Commissar Squaresville. So, health care being an irredeemable downer for the foreseeable future, this week the president pivoted (as they say) to economic inequality, which will be, he assures us, his principal focus for the rest of his term. And whats his big idea for this new priority? Stand well back: He wants to increase the minimum wage!
Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos of Amazon (a non-government website) is musing about delivering his products to customers across the country (and the planet) within hours by using drones.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
—”The Gods of the Copybook Headings”, Rudyard Kipling, http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_copybook.htm
Steyn always seems to find one sentence that makes me want to laugh and cry simultaneously.
Steyn, Greenfield, Sowell, and Hanson are must-read guys. Any others I should consider?
I read anyone that uses common sense and isn’t a flaming liberal, which is why I can’t get past two sentences of any NYT article. The last thing I read that really warmed my heart was Ted Cruez’s last speech in TX. I read just about everything that streams by on FRont Page News.
What we need, though, is a new kind of sign language that all liberals understand and can begin to comprehend the differences between actual reality and politicians who shit rainbows on their cherios.
I meant to add, Steyn lays out the truth like no other can. I depend on him to make me laugh about all this nonsense; it keeps me from crying about my kid’s future so much.
Mark Twain, new autobiography volumes I and II
Come on Freepers! Careful reading calls for closer inspection, more thoughtful thinking, and a call to action! As the job market shrinks, we must be careful to cultivate those areas that present themselves as holding the potential for American recovery and success! Steyn is dancing all around the idea that there’s an entire wave of job opportunities being threatened here. It used to be street bums would push shopping carts around the city to collect empty bottles to bring in for the nickels and dimes. Maybe one day, they can do the same with used needles left behind by mind-numbed junkies!
Bezos and his fat cat cronies need to be stopped...and stopped now!
I figured the Death Panels would be fully armed. :)
Good call, I should have had Williams in the original list.
"In order for one person to get a thing without paying for it, another person must pay for that thing without getting it".
Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Walter Williams, Dennis Prager, Jonah Goldberg.
“It used to be street bums would push shopping carts around the city to collect empty bottles to bring in for the nickels and dimes.”
I kinda miss those deposit bottles, I remember when someone who was hungry could spend half an hour walking the road and pick up enough bottles to buy a meal. I had an uncle who became disabled for regular work due to arthritis but for a time said that he often earned as much or more in a day by going around to houses in the country and asking if he could haul off their bottles with his pickup truck. He said that once he made eighty dollars in one day back in the sixties, that would be more like a thousand dollars now. He hauled all those bottles from a shack where the people seemed to have very low income but spent their money on a Pepsi addiction while being too sorry to take the bottles back when they went for more Pepsi. I think there was probably a banjo boy on the porch. For that kind of income I could afford to gas up my old F-150.
“In order for one person to get a thing without paying for it, another person must pay for that thing without getting it”.
Wow, that should be carved over the portals of Congress.
If the opposite of Pro is Con,
then the opposite of progress is...
Pelosi is channeling Marx here nearly word for word. Substitute "wage slavery" for health insurance and it's a match. It's all about living a life you don't have to earn.
And, if youre wondering why every Big Government program assumes youre a feeble child, thats because a citizenry without work and purpose is ultimately incompatible with liberty.
You don't need liberty, just do as you're told. One day they'll tell you, "you have liberty" and you'll believe it.
Depressing stuff. Even the more articulate proponents of Big Government appear not to grasp just how very big that is likely to be, and what will happen to it when no one it purports to serve is capable of producing the wealth necessary to sustain it.
The image that came to mind was the humans in the movie Wall-E. While many have tried to impose some bigger message into that movie, I think a real one is beware of "state-run dependency". No work means no dignity. Welfare equals inner unhappiness and it "drains too much of the life from life." It will end in a populace that is fat, drunk and lazy ... no way to go through life young man.
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Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.
I've always been struck by that especially idiotic remark by SanFran Nan. Worry about health insurance isn't what keeps me from those noble ventures. Lack of talent and being firm in the knowledge that I'd starve to death keeps me from them. IOW, it isn't the insurance, it's the money.
To a commie like her, they're the same thing.
Most of us don’t have Inert and Epic Fail Lawn Service. ;^)
” But its hard to be visionary if youre pointing in the wrong direction. Which is why the signature achievement of Obamas hope and change combines 1940s British public-health theories with 1970s Soviet supermarket delivery systems. But dont worry: Maybe one day soon, your needle-exchange clinic will be able to deliver by drone. Look out below.”
Steyn and Greenfield have that knack...
Guatemalans would do a better job.
That’s because the Guatemalans send their byos out to graze in the lawn like goats....
It will also lead to a shrinking population. Only a sadist would father children into such a future.
It is hard to take someone seriously on these things after they praise Mandela to the hilt
Is it true Steyn will get in the race for Senator from New Hampshire?! That would be very incredibly excellent, if NH has the sense to send him!!
Steyn is a US legal resident Canadian citizen. He is thus not constitutionally eligible to be a US senator.
Though since we've been constantly told asking questions about someone's eligibility is horrible and racist, perhaps the issue is just moot.
In any case, he can always run in the sense Pat Paulsen used to always run for President.
As usual, excellent article by Steyn.
He largely misses, however, the most critical point.
The primary factors driving the disappearance of jobs, possibly without replacement, are impeccably free-market and technological in nature.
Government is, as usual, making things worse, but the problem is above and beyond government. In fact, it is difficult to think of a fix for the disappearing job issue that would not involve massive government intervention in the economy.
For 200 years, technology has improved productivity, making society constantly wealthier while providing, overall and over time, better lives for the vast majority of humans. Conservatives, not unreasonably, point to this record to deride modern-day Luddites. But is also not unreasonable to consider the possibility that today’s cyber-tech if qualitatively different and that past performance many not predict future performance.
But continue the productivity curve indefinitely, and at some point infinite goods and services are produced with zero human input. At which point Steyn’s observations about the apparent human psychological need for “work” kicks in for everybody.