Elsewhere in these columns, I have droned on about how the West has dug a PIT for itself, by opening up to Third World markets – resulting in half its manufacturing base being “outsourced” abroad.
But what of that OTHER cause of mass unemployment – automation?
Well, the first person who placed a log under a heavy load unwittingly started a process that lead to – well – this computer, for a start. And you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.
However, the PROBLEM with technology is it takes no account of the HAVOC it wreaks on society. Why should it?
And thanks to governments whose approach to problems is akin to a small boy plugging up a leaky dyke with chewing gum – our economic system is TOTALLY unprepared for the oncoming STORM.
Back in the old days, we envisaged a future society where people were educated for work AND LEISURE. Where most would NOT work and only those who were ARTISTIC – would do the jobs robots and computers could NOT do. Money would cease to be important. Heaven.
But unless governments wake up to the fact that MONEY needs to be POURED into automation, working hours need to be SHORTENED and retirement ages LOWERED – they are sowing the seeds of disaster.
F*ck sticking chewing gum in the dyke – you need to build a NEW dyke, behind the old one. I.e., recognise the fact that the old system cannot POSSIBLY cope with automation and work towards developing a system that CAN.