ongoing by Tim Bray
re Simon’s daily “semi-presidential” thread on Facebook.
I think the ground is fertile. I think the “conventional wisdom” which sustains the current finance-centric rentier economy is thought wise by fewer and fewer. I think the path from here to something saner will have messy and ugly parts. But I’m increasingly sure that our current path, as a society and species, is unsustainable.
I think we need to:
Tax the crap out of the 1% [disclosure: I’m one],
stamp out most forms of high-leverage financial speculation,
introduce ruthless transparency such that any asset whose beneficial ownership cannot be established where legally appropriate is subject to summary confiscation,
adopt a zero-tolerance posture on business crime, with jail time regularly administered for significant financial misdeeds, in rough proportion to the size of the takings, and
- roll out a universal basic income to deal with the inevitable decline in the proportion of humans “enjoying” full employment.
- left extreme
- tim bray
- simon stlaurent
Seth Russell Well it was a no brainier that as our new aged tools of production become more and more powerful, humans will have less and less work to do. The work-force-participation numbers speak of that loudly and clearly and are undeniable. Blame Obama or liberal policies for that if you must ... but clear thinkers will know you are flim flaming us for your own agenda.
I am glad that Tim Bray has propose policies to bring our society back in balance. Too bad the election will not bring out the edges which are in fact cutting.
notice this is not the first time that tim bray has impinged on my thinking.
Worth repeating to the great unwashed Robin Hoodies:
At one point one of the characters remarks "there's a billion possibilities to consider, more than the stars in the galazy, it's really easy to go off the deep end" at the end the Fischer caraciture tells us "They say there's so many possibilities, but there's always only ever one right move. In the end, there's nowhere to go."
Spock said it better –“The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few” – to me it is just the logic of what happens – “A part is smaller than its whole” ← a story which is true in most contexts. Hitler’s or Trumps outrageous egotism does not dilute that truth.
Study history & notice that all socialist & communist countries required FORCE to keep it all together – Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Chavez’s Venezuela, Castro’s Cuba, Kim-Johg’s N. Korea, …. Repeat History without it’s lessons & there will be more wars & more government oppression.
“synergy of individuals”
thing is policies from the top (the shit that happens in Washington) does effect that which happens on the bottom … the government does seem to have some power …. i would prefer to get that working for us better.
why do you presume that you are contributing to a conversation when you tell a bold face lie ?
if you are in a sensable temprement, i will explain my “ape comment” again and in much more detail and even with examples.
if you are serious about your “e coli” comment, please explain its sense to me … because honestly i can make no sense of it at all in this context.
Mark: Anthropomorphising society as human loses my interest.
← here is an example of “anthropomorphising”. There are plenty more here.
it is a representation of something else as if it were human.
That is not what is being done here. What we are doing here is recognizing that society IS human. It is seeing the whole instead of focusing on a part.
the sentences i wrote continue to ring true and logical to me … and should even be true to you in most contexts. in which contexts are they not true to you? What does your original question actually mean? … to me it is way to vague to be logically interpreted … so i did the best that i could.
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