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September 27, 2011, 10:48:56 PM
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Additionally, upward mobility in this country is dead. If you weren't born rich, you'll never be rich.

uh, which one?

I meant the US specifically, but it's basically true of any first-world country at this point in time.

anyone poor bugger in any first-world country has enormous opportunity to be rich... you just have to jump on the internet to see the potential anyone with a few hundred dollars startup has these days.


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September 27, 2011, 11:04:44 PM
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I think a big problem is the prevalence of voting systems which are not clone-independent. It's what causes two-party systems (Divurger's law) and keeps the corporations in power. Similarly, in this day and age we don't need to elect representatives any more - everyone has a price. We could reduce corruption with delegated voting and liquid democracy instead.

So what should we spend on? The things we actually want, not the things our elected representatives' owners want. The world is trapped in the grip of plutocracy.
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September 27, 2011, 11:16:15 PM
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Additionally, upward mobility in this country is dead. If you weren't born rich, you'll never be rich.

uh, which one?

I meant the US specifically, but it's basically true of any first-world country at this point in time.

anyone poor bugger in any first-world country has enormous opportunity to be rich... you just have to jump on the internet to see the potential anyone with a few hundred dollars startup has these days.


If you're being sarcastic then... ZING!


If you're being serious... then you need help.

completely serious. anyone that can't see how to make money on the internet 'needs help'.

furthermore, anyone that earns just about any amount of income has the opportunity to become wealthy a la "Richest Man in Babylon" style.
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September 27, 2011, 11:22:18 PM
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Additionally, upward mobility in this country is dead. If you weren't born rich, you'll never be rich.

uh, which one?

I meant the US specifically, but it's basically true of any first-world country at this point in time.

anyone poor bugger in any first-world country has enormous opportunity to be rich... you just have to jump on the internet to see the potential anyone with a few hundred dollars startup has these days.


If you're being sarcastic then... ZING!


If you're being serious... then you need help.

completely serious. anyone that can't see how to make money on the internet 'needs help'.

furthermore, anyone that earns just about any amount of income has the opportunity to become wealthy a la "Richest Man in Babylon" style.


So all I need $1,000 start up cash and an internet connection and I can become a multi-millionaire?  Then why aren't we all multi-millionaires?  Are you a multi-millionaire?

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September 27, 2011, 11:28:59 PM
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Additionally, upward mobility in this country is dead. If you weren't born rich, you'll never be rich.

uh, which one?

I meant the US specifically, but it's basically true of any first-world country at this point in time.

anyone poor bugger in any first-world country has enormous opportunity to be rich... you just have to jump on the internet to see the potential anyone with a few hundred dollars startup has these days.


If you're being sarcastic then... ZING!


If you're being serious... then you need help.

completely serious. anyone that can't see how to make money on the internet 'needs help'.

furthermore, anyone that earns just about any amount of income has the opportunity to become wealthy a la "Richest Man in Babylon" style.


So all I need $1,000 start up cash and an internet connection and I can become a multi-millionaire?  Then why aren't we all multi-millionaires?  Are you a multi-millionaire?

Opportunity != guarantee
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September 27, 2011, 11:31:49 PM
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Additionally, upward mobility in this country is dead. If you weren't born rich, you'll never be rich.

uh, which one?

I meant the US specifically, but it's basically true of any first-world country at this point in time.

anyone poor bugger in any first-world country has enormous opportunity to be rich... you just have to jump on the internet to see the potential anyone with a few hundred dollars startup has these days.


If you're being sarcastic then... ZING!


If you're being serious... then you need help.

completely serious. anyone that can't see how to make money on the internet 'needs help'.

furthermore, anyone that earns just about any amount of income has the opportunity to become wealthy a la "Richest Man in Babylon" style.


So all I need $1,000 start up cash and an internet connection and I can become a multi-millionaire?  Then why aren't we all multi-millionaires?  Are you a multi-millionaire?

with $1000 and an internet connection, anyone would have the same (thousands of) opportunities to become a multi-millionaire.

but most people wouldn't, through lack of dedication, motivation, persistence, discipline, etc, etc.

i'm not a multi-millionaire yet (personally i struggle with procrastination), but that doesn't mean i can't see the myriad opportunities to become one.

bonus edit: thanks explodicle!
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September 27, 2011, 11:37:58 PM
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Opportunity != guarantee

That's exactly the problem.  I have an opportunity to win the lottery too, but it doesn't mean it's remotely viable.

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September 28, 2011, 12:51:26 AM
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Opportunity != guarantee

That's exactly the problem.  I have an opportunity to win the lottery too, but it doesn't mean it's remotely viable.

You play the lottery?
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September 28, 2011, 08:35:58 AM
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My issue of the day is redundancy of labour.
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in essence, we have to find a way to manage 2 things:
1. Our society has a significant percentage of people who will never pay their way.  Too many to imprison but enough that things like universal pensions and healthcare are made unaffordable for the entire society.
2. Our economy is sinking deeper and deeper into debt and all the old remedies will fail.  Stimulus?  It creates demand that gets spend on manufactured goods that are imported.  you borrow to pay for the stimulus so you are worse off.  Tax cuts?  Exact same as the stimulus.

Those are some solid points.

The way you describe them, though, does it seem that all you need are more exports?

From what I understand, all the goods are flowing into the US, Australia, etc (I'm from Aus, same thing here and we're only paying by ore + some farming stuff), but not as much is going back (in goods or services) - a trade imbalance, if you will, so debt in the US/Aus climbs, and the chinese grow their savings (and can build their economy). With the dropping $US, shouldn't the govts be using stimulus action to encourage innovation / exporting to pay for the imbalance? If you don't back goods or services, you'll be sending back your land and companies (China's already made it known they're going to start buying up the Intels and Apples etc), which will put you in an even worse position...almost like people want to be slaves...

Ideally countries not having huge trade deficits should mean better standards of living in both countries that trade, according to production increases in either...if there are no goods/services that the US/Aus can produce that china will spend money importing, then everyone is screwed.

Not really.  I genuinely think the problem is permanent.

Economic theory says that the labour displaced by competition/innovation will find other uses.  Always.  But I wonder if we have got to the point where we have enough hairdressers, chefs and lawyers and thus there is no place for the unskilled labour to move to.  If that's the case, we have a permanent issue of people who will never be able to pay their way.

The question is what does that do to society?  None of the economic models touted by von Mises, by Krugman or by anyone else I know of makes sense in a world where one in ten people is simply not needed.  And with things like automated cars coming, that percentage will grow as the likes of truckers, delivery guys, even taxi drivers get added to the class of people that no longer have a useful economic role to play.

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September 28, 2011, 12:02:16 PM
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Those are some solid points.

The way you describe them, though, does it seem that all you need are more exports?

Not really.  I genuinely think the problem is permanent.

Economic theory says that the labour displaced by competition/innovation will find other uses.  Always.  But I wonder if we have got to the point where we have enough hairdressers, chefs and lawyers and thus there is no place for the unskilled labour to move to.  If that's the case, we have a permanent issue of people who will never be able to pay their way.

The question is what does that do to society?  None of the economic models touted by von Mises, by Krugman or by anyone else I know of makes sense in a world where one in ten people is simply not needed.  And with things like automated cars coming, that percentage will grow as the likes of truckers, delivery guys, even taxi drivers get added to the class of people that no longer have a useful economic role to play.

Ah, yes I'd forgotten about that. In which case, the rising need for welfare and "paying people to dig ditches" appears, just to give people a share of whatever national pie is baked each day, to stop them starving, and being kicked out of their homes (and of course keep demand up on remaining production).

There is still a small window of opportunity in "intellectual value", ie high tech to keep it a little more balanced, but otherwise there is nothing else for it but perhaps a shorter work week across the board. If people need to be seen to be productive by peers (to not hate them for being lazy and getting welfare), and the economy simply has no need for everyone to work 40 hours/week, then I suppose we should all have a 3 day weekend instead, and get those people that can't find other work into that extra day's shortfall. The only adjustment would be in sudden drop in income going 5->4 days employment, but if unemployment drops (and it starts as "optional" 4 days, employee choice to help overburdened responsibilities), it might not be too rough a transition, and demand for consumption should not drop.

Ironically, that's the ultimate goal for all of capitalism in society, imho, but the current work week is so ingrained, I think a lot of people would have great difficulty adjusting (won't stop overtime by a long shot, either, so that opportunity is still there to make up any new shortfall). Is it a viable solution?

If it is...the only question then...is monday or friday? Smiley
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September 29, 2011, 07:35:09 AM
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The problem with moving to a 4 day week is that you need a rivet basher whose labour isn't needed to fill in for a dentist whose labour is needed and the dentist gets a 20% salary cut as he works 4 days instead of 5.  He may object and his customers may agree with him after the rivet basher has had a go at their teeth Tongue

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September 29, 2011, 01:13:04 PM
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The problem with moving to a 4 day week is that you need a rivet basher whose labour isn't needed to fill in for a dentist whose labour is needed and the dentist gets a 20% salary cut as he works 4 days instead of 5.  He may object and his customers may agree with him after the rivet basher has had a go at their teeth Tongue

In countries with a shorter work week this doesn't happen frequently. I suspect the dentist would  hire more dental hygienists and assistants to keep up, who would in turn vacate jobs the rivet guy would take. Right now a lot of people are working jobs "below" their training because jobs are so scarce.

It's a big broken window, of course. There are more efficient (if less politically palatable) ways to keep the riveter alive without messing everything ELSE up so much.
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September 29, 2011, 01:18:12 PM
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The problem with moving to a 4 day week is that you need a rivet basher whose labour isn't needed to fill in for a dentist whose labour is needed and the dentist gets a 20% salary cut as he works 4 days instead of 5.  He may object and his customers may agree with him after the rivet basher has had a go at their teeth Tongue

In countries with a shorter work week this doesn't happen frequently. I suspect the dentist would  hire more dental hygienists and assistants to keep up, who would in turn vacate jobs the rivet guy would take. Right now a lot of people are working jobs "below" their training because jobs are so scarce.

It's a big broken window, of course. There are more efficient (if less politically palatable) ways to keep the riveter alive without messing everything ELSE up so much.

I know.  My premise is that there is a surplus of labour because unskilled manufacturing is never going to be done in the US or EU again.  It may be that some new profitable occupation for the people who used do that work can be found but I don't see what it can be since you'd have to have global full employment before the expensive people in the big Western economies can be employed again.

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September 29, 2011, 03:27:40 PM
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The problem with moving to a 4 day week is that you need a rivet basher whose labour isn't needed to fill in for a dentist whose labour is needed and the dentist gets a 20% salary cut as he works 4 days instead of 5.  He may object and his customers may agree with him after the rivet basher has had a go at their teeth Tongue

In countries with a shorter work week this doesn't happen frequently. I suspect the dentist would  hire more dental hygienists and assistants to keep up, who would in turn vacate jobs the rivet guy would take. Right now a lot of people are working jobs "below" their training because jobs are so scarce.

It's a big broken window, of course. There are more efficient (if less politically palatable) ways to keep the riveter alive without messing everything ELSE up so much.

I know.  My premise is that there is a surplus of labour because unskilled manufacturing is never going to be done in the US or EU again.  It may be that some new profitable occupation for the people who used do that work can be found but I don't see what it can be since you'd have to have global full employment before the expensive people in the big Western economies can be employed again.

I think you're probably right. I think it's time we reevaluate where public education ends - it used to be a high school degree WAS enough, but that bar has risen and will now continue to rise as even some skilled jobs are being replaced by computers. Also we might want to replace minimum wage and some employee protection laws with [takes cover] guaranteed minimum income, too. I realize this will anger many people here (and it kinda angers me too) but I don't know how the free market could solve it. (Free market people - please give me something better, it would actually cheer me up)

I'm interested in how China will handle this. For them the problem will be much more pronounced, and if handled poorly could cause another revolution.
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September 29, 2011, 03:46:12 PM
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1. For each dollar you pay in taxes, you get to say what it's spent on.

I just posted on this idea using Bitcoins
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September 29, 2011, 04:17:54 PM
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1. For each dollar you pay in taxes, you get to say what it's spent on.

I just posted on this idea using Bitcoins
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=46130.0

That wouldn't work for the owners of a block of apartments debating the level of management fee.  It's utterly impossible spread over millions of taxpayers.

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