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The rise of Automation will ultimately

see whole sale changes to employment,

with most low paid,

a large amount of managerial,

Director and Professional jobs simply gone.

Most US and UK governmental reports point

to 60% - 90% of all jobs will go over the coming decades

as AI driven robots and AI take away middle class professional jobs as well as working class

unskilled and skilled jobs.

This will be utterly massive societal change

- there will be only a few people on society

with a wage and this will challenge consumption-

the basis of all wealth;

many rich people now will simply cease to be rich

as mass consumption fails.

They don't talk about automation in such apocalyptic terms because they trust the market.

There was no need for UBI when the motorcar bankrupted horse-and-carriage service providers.

People found other jobs.

It should also be noted that the UK has lagged behind in automation because we've had such disproportionately cheap labour over the past two decades.

We were an economy where you could get both skilled engineers and minimum wage, zero hours floor workers, and that's attractive to business.

So yes, this is an issue connected to immigration and it's impact on the labour market.

And in any case, what should we do about automation, even if it is a major problem?

The suggestion here is just "more social programs"

as if that will create new jobs.

What we need to do is attract foreign investment and incentivise entrepreneurship.

This will create new businesses and new jobs.

The thing we need is yet another massive social program we can afford to pay for.

'Back then, the stereotypical dissenter was a skilled weaver in a newly industrialising area of England, horrified by the arrival of mechanised mills and rightly fearing a collapse in esteem and earnings.

Now, a global storm centres on similarly angry people – men, very often – in such US states as Ohio. '

In all the talk about AI and the widespread loss of jobs, especially low paid manual jobs, no-one discusses the fact that paid work is a form of social control, which acts as a brake on anti-social behaviour.

When the loss of livelihood is no longer a consequence of anti-social behaviour, and even more people in society feel they have nothing to lose, how will we maintain safe communities and equal rights?

 

How will we prevent the breakdown of civil society?

This latest threat to a large swathe of the population merely follows the de-industrialisation of much of the U.K. outside London, particularly the Midkands and North of England, as well as the rust belt of the Eastern US, where "populism" is characterised by the vote for Brexit and the rise of Trump. Working long hours for poor pay in a massive warehouse, for which few skills are required is soul destroying enough, when compared to the honour of previous blue collar occupations, but worse still is that there is this feeling that immigrants who have known worse in their own countries in Eastern Europe or Central America are willing to work for "peanuts" and even "steal" those jobs from them, even though the local population don't want to do them anyway.
It's a toxic brew and requires the kind of intellectual insight and courage sadly lacking in politicians in anglophone countries dependent on an adversarial First Past The Post electoral system that neither reflects the population not allows for consensus building for problems that go way beyond an individual party. Instead we are stuck with the Tories and Republicans representing vested interests of those with the most money, and whose only aim it seems to be us in power, whatever it takes, or whoever their leader might be.

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