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August 11, 2011, 07:48:57 AM
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LightRider, I admire your patient. It is sad to see how people reduce themselves to slot machines that won't produce anything worthy without being fed money. But this is slowly changing and its ppl like you that bring the change.
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August 11, 2011, 12:25:47 PM
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LightRider, I admire your patient. It is sad to see how people reduce themselves to slot machines that won't produce anything worthy without being fed money. But this is slowly changing and its ppl like you that bring the change.

We don't exchange the products of our labor for money because we want it, what we want is the porducts of the labour of other people.
Without money, we wouldn't reach the level of division of labor we enjoy now.
It is just a tool, a flawed tool, but still a very useful tool.
You can't substitute money if you don't understand its advantages and the reasons that make it valuable.
I admire Rassah's patient.

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August 11, 2011, 02:13:09 PM
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We don't exchange the products of our labor for money because we want it, what we want is the porducts of the labour of other people.


And why would you want to labor of the other people if thing can be done faster and better by automation processes.

Do you need that many prostitutes ?

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August 11, 2011, 03:58:21 PM
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We don't exchange the products of our labor for money because we want it, what we want is the porducts of the labour of other people.
And why would you want to labor of the other people if thing can be done faster and better by automation processes.

Do you need that many prostitutes ?

Any amount of automation will ALWAYS require someone's labor behind it. Even if you have machines that can use 3D printers to print out more machines and can fix/maintain those other machines, you still need someone to take the time to invent, design, and improve those machines. 3D Cad design and engineering is A LOT of work, and requires a lot of different specialized education. You would need people who have specialty in electronics, physics and engineering, software development, chemistry (to create new stronger materials), architectural design, and for robots that grow food, biology and botany. After all those people get together, you'd also need specialists in 3D engineering design and CAD software design, as well as resource and operations management to make sure all materials for these machines can be acquired and are used correctly. Getting specialized in these fields takes A LOT of time and work. Why wouldn't these people ask "Why am I busting my butt, spending YEARS to learn this stuff, just to provide these goods/services to people so that those people won't have to work or learn, and have everything they want provided to them?" Sure, there will be a few (maybe a lot) of people who are interested in these fields, but why would they want to do this work for others without asking for anything in return? And what if there is a shortage of people to do these things? Will someone have to force people to work on this?
I think THE ONLY way RBE is even possible is if machines replace the only type of work they still can't, which is creative thinking. But, once machines are able to think and invent as well as humans, our race becomes obsolete, anyway (especially since machines will likely figure there's no point in spending their resources on us)

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August 11, 2011, 04:02:22 PM
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And why would you want to labor of the other people if thing can be done faster and better by automation processes.

Actually, one important point on this. Luddites fear that machines/automation will kill jobs. After all, a single combine harvester with a single driver takes the job away from dozens, maybe hundreds, of farmers.
What they don't realize is that automation and machines creates way more jobs that it destroys. Those jobs just move into different areas. That single combine harvester replaced 100 farmers with thousands of engineers, steel workers, chemists, botanists, mechanics, oil producers, etc. Automation will just take this a step further, replacing manual laborers with more thinkers/designers. The work will be easier, but there will likely be a lot more of it.

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August 11, 2011, 06:44:32 PM
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Getting specialized in these fields takes A LOT of time and work. Why wouldn't these people ask "Why am I busting my butt, spending YEARS to learn this stuff, just to provide these goods/services to people so that those people won't have to work or learn, and have everything they want provided to them?" Sure, there will be a few (maybe a lot) of people who are interested in these fields, but why would they want to do this work for others without asking for anything in return? And what if there is a shortage of people to do these things? Will someone have to force people to work on this?

Get real . It is happening right now even in predatory monetary system. Plenty of open source projects in advanced technologies like informatics and engineering.
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August 11, 2011, 06:58:44 PM
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replacing manual laborers with more thinkers/designers. The work will be easier, but there will likely be a lot more of it.

I will not even go into detail of you argument because the situation is much more complicated and reasoning is flawed.

But imagine world with 6 bllions of thinkers/designers ?

How do you see everyone will have an opportunity for job to survive ? Useful jobs i might not not useless like marketers bankers or lawyers.
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August 11, 2011, 06:59:21 PM
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That single combine harvester replaced 100 farmers with thousands of engineers
common.. You don't compare the number of engineers to the number of farmers replaced by one harvester. You compare it to the number replaced by thousands of them.

 

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August 12, 2011, 06:41:41 AM
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Ok, we replace 1000 farmers for 50 farmers and 5 engineers .
Can't all these 945 people do anything of value for those 55?

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August 12, 2011, 07:56:37 AM
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Ok, we replace 1000 farmers for 50 farmers and 5 engineers .
Can't all these 945 people do anything of value for those 55?


In a monetary system, they can either die or do increasingly menial, repetitive, unproductive, demeaning or otherwise slavish labor in their own or foreign land.

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August 12, 2011, 08:08:45 AM
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Ok, we replace 1000 farmers for 50 farmers and 5 engineers .
Can't all these 945 people do anything of value for those 55?


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August 12, 2011, 09:00:49 AM
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Ok, we replace 1000 farmers for 50 farmers and 5 engineers .
Can't all these 945 people do anything of value for those 55?

They could in the past because it was different technical reality but right now technological unemployment advanced at much faster rate then creation of new useful jobs.

Also artificial need for jobs is is holding us back since  new technologies that threatens entire industries are fought off by them ( self-preservation instinct kicks in). There is few very well documented cases in history like life of Edwin Amstrong.
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August 12, 2011, 10:21:32 AM
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I go back to one example of a technology that I think will bring us far more new jobs than it will destroy: Arduino and the Google ADK.

And again, your "this time is different" is only a belief: is based on faith and you can't prove it.
It is based on the belief that the potential wants of humanity are limited. We will value things that don't value or know today just like has always happened.

One question, do you think that those useless state professions are good because they fight unemployment?

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August 12, 2011, 10:40:55 AM
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I go back to one example of a technology that I think will bring us far more new jobs than it will destroy: Arduino and the Google ADK.
I am not aware of those inventions thus i cant comment.

And again, your "this time is different" is only a belief: is based on faith and you can't prove it.
It is based on the belief that the potential wants of humanity are limited. We will value things that don't value or know today just like has always happened.

Your wants are limited if only by fact you can consume finite number of goods and services in a 24hr period. You are bounded by the law of time.
Also we have limited space on our planet there is only as much things as we can build on it , we are bounded by the law of space.
Add to this finite resources.

Unlimited wants is a fallacy. Term only used in propaganda to uphold Status Quo.

One question, do you think that those useless state professions are good because they fight unemployment?

In current contexts yes , it keep economy going so useful jobs can continue to produce . But in the large picture they should be scrapped as soon as such a possibility will appear.
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August 12, 2011, 11:28:01 AM
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In the ludite debate, I believe you guys are forgetting something. If we get to a level of productivity that allows us to produce so well that people dont really want to buy more stuff, we could always work less hours. In fact, this is already happening, since 200 years ago they had to work a lot more hours a day to survive and have a much more miserable live.

Remember jobs is not an objective. We want to produce stuff to survive and even be able to enjoy live (a modern phenomenon for a big part of the population). If we could produce all the stuff without working it would be great. What a live that would be. Unfortunately, thats not posible and we have to work to produce. But the more efficiently we produce, the better, because it allows us to either consume more or work less.

Luditism should be treated as a mental illness.
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August 12, 2011, 12:50:55 PM
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In the ludite debate, I believe you guys are forgetting something. If we get to a level of productivity that allows us to produce so well that people dont really want to buy more stuff, we could always work less hours. In fact, this is already happening, since 200 years ago they had to work a lot more hours a day to survive and have a much more miserable live.

Remember jobs is not an objective. We want to produce stuff to survive and even be able to enjoy live (a modern phenomenon for a big part of the population). If we could produce all the stuff without working it would be great. What a live that would be. Unfortunately, thats not posible and we have to work to produce. But the more efficiently we produce, the better, because it allows us to either consume more or work less.

Luditism should be treated as a mental illness.

In socialist Europe that is indeed happening average working hour is less than 8 per day , while in "free market" asian countries it is more than 10.

I would consider "free marketers" to be be treated as mentally retarded.
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August 12, 2011, 01:01:56 PM
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In the ludite debate, I believe you guys are forgetting something. If we get to a level of productivity that allows us to produce so well that people dont really want to buy more stuff, we could always work less hours. In fact, this is already happening, since 200 years ago they had to work a lot more hours a day to survive and have a much more miserable live.

Remember jobs is not an objective. We want to produce stuff to survive and even be able to enjoy live (a modern phenomenon for a big part of the population). If we could produce all the stuff without working it would be great. What a live that would be. Unfortunately, thats not posible and we have to work to produce. But the more efficiently we produce, the better, because it allows us to either consume more or work less.

Luditism should be treated as a mental illness.

In socialist Europe that is indeed happening average working hour is less than 8 per day , while in "free market" asian countries it is more than 10.

I would consider "free marketers" to be be treated as mentally retarded.

I work 9 hours a day (not on weekends) in "socialist europe" and I'm not the only one who would prefer to work 7 hours and earn less.
The fact that in "free market china" they work more to take less is caused by many factors.
One of them is that we (occident) accumulate debts to them from our Balance of trade. That's not sustainable and won't last forever.



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August 12, 2011, 01:06:37 PM
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In socialist Europe that is indeed happening average working hour is less than 8 per day , while in "free market" asian countries it is more than 10.

I would consider "free marketers" to be be treated as mentally retarded.

Is this some kind of joke I dont get or are you serious?

Since when are we europeans socialists? And since when is China a free market?

Honestly, I had doubts about answering you. If this is the level of answers you keep giving, I will just pass.
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August 12, 2011, 01:17:21 PM
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Since when are we europeans socialists? And since when is China a free market?

It is a constant argument that EU is socialists ( because actually it is , especially the oldest parts + Scandinavia. ).
I never spoken word "CHINA" by Asian countries i meant like Singapore and the like which are again a constant argument of free market "prosperity"
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August 12, 2011, 01:38:45 PM
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Since when are we europeans socialists? And since when is China a free market?

It is a constant argument that EU is socialists ( because actually it is , especially the oldest parts + Scandinavia. ).
I never spoken word "CHINA" by Asian countries i meant like Singapore and the like which are again a constant argument of free market "prosperity"

You need to check Europe again. Europe is not socialist. Murwa, compare Europe to the USA and you will see that they are not very different in the range of command economy-free market.

Its funny that a lot of USA people think that Europe is some sort of socialist paradise, when the European socialists say that Europe is a capitalist explotative place.
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