The Future of Work, Robotization, and Capitalism’s Ability to Generate Useless Jobs
The value of your work should not be determined by your paycheck.
Yes there are complex issues.
Population size is a complex issue.
Indefinite life extension is a complex issue.
And if we are to hold on to the notion of money, then universal basic income seems to be a necessary part of a transition strategy from a world based in scarcity to a world of responsible abundance.
And we have some deep lessons to learn if we wish to reduce existential risks to a minimum.
Accepting that moral constraints are a fundamental part of complex systems is part of that.
Accepting that respect for individual life and individual liberty are necessary universal values is part of that.
Accepting that liberty, even within constraints, necessarily leads to exponentially expanding diversity, is part of that.
We live in a profoundly complex world.
Every human being is profoundly complex beyond the capacity of any human being to fully comprehend, and we can make useful approximations in some contexts.
Accepting that cooperation is every bit as important (and exponentially more so at higher levels of complexity) as competition when understanding evolution, is fundamental to us averting the current existential crisis of capitalism.
And to be clear, I am not promoting socialism.
I am very clear about the value of individuals and their liberty, and those values have to be in a context of responsible action in social and ecological contexts.
Liberty involves accepting responsibility for the consequences of action.
Anything less than that is not liberty, it is pure fiction (socially destructive suicide in a very real sense)!