Comments on: Orwellian wages and the poverty line http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/12/05/orwellian-wages-and-the-poverty-line/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:11:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/12/05/orwellian-wages-and-the-poverty-line/comment-page-1/#comment-423 Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:40:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=2183#comment-423 It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the higher the “minimum wage”, the faster automation will eliminate those “jobs” (or positions) that cease to be “low wage” completely.

Machines don’t arrive late, leave early, get sick, get raises, get overtime, get vacation, or get family leave. They don’t get pregnant or suffer morning sickness.

They don’t take or sell drugs, get arrested, get piercings or tattoos. Each programmed machine does it’s job again and again competently, reliably, without boredom, without fatigue, without complaint and without reward.

But they also don’t buy diapers, clothes, beds, booze, food, eat out, go to bars, buy cars, plane, bus, boat or movie/theater tickets, don’t drive, don’t fly, don’t need to own a house or pay taxes. The transition from today’s economy to the Star Trek economy where everyone’s basic needs are met and only those who wish to work will do so in their chosen field will be a challenging journey.

What is to be done with our dullards and sociopaths who choose to pursue no honorable vocation, but otherwise occupy themselves preying on or otherwise controlling other people through intimidation? We live in interesting times.

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