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Varun ravikant , Work in the field of Agriculture and want to Nov, 02 2016

Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs, Snap Out Of It



In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would have advanced sufficiently by century’s end that we would achieve a 15-hour work week. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. A lot of us spend our entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.


from the article: Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs - Evonomics
In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would have advanced sufficiently by century’s end that we would achieve a 15-hour work week. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. A lot of us spend our entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.from the article: Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs - Evonomics

Sanchi , Nov, 02 2016


Robots and machines took over manual labor. Computers work 24h a day without getting or tired. The last 50 years or more all is done to have work done by machines, so from where comes the illusion to think this with creates more jobs?



Sunil , Nov, 02 2016


But who builds those computers/machines? Who maintains those computers/machines? Who writes the programs for those computers/machines? Who creates the software for those computers/machines? The shift from an industrial age to a technology/information age has naturally shifted the nature of the "job" from manual to technical. So, what we lose in manual labor, we gain in technical labor, and then some, because technology is both the present and the future.

But who builds those computers/machines? Who maintains those computers/machines? Who writes the programs for those computers/machines? Who creates the software for those computers/machines? The shift from an industrial age to a technology/information age has naturally shifted the nature of the "job"


Sanchi , Nov, 02 2016


This assumes constant growth, an assumption that may simply not be possible. Just because we gain some jobs in a new industry does not necessitate we replace the old jobs in equal or greater amounts. In fact, the only way we would ever increase the absolute amount of necessary labor is through constant growth. Otherwise ,what would be the point of developing new technology? It would simply shift labor time from one industry to another without decreasing the overall amount of labor required

This assumes constant growth, an assumption that may simply not be possible. Just because we gain some jobs in a new industry does not necessitate we replace the old jobs in equal or greater amounts. In fact, the only way we would ever increase the absolute amount of necessary labor is through const


Sunil , Nov, 02 2016


Of course it assumes constant growth... in the technology sector. Given the present levels of consistent growth in that sector (in a recession, no less), there's no reason to think it will wane anytime soon, if ever. So, it is absolutely fair to assume there will be constant and indefinite growth in the technology sector.

Of course it assumes constant growth... in the technology sector. Given the present levels of consistent growth in that sector (in a recession, no less), there's no reason to think it will wane anytime soon, if ever. So, it is absolutely fair to assume there will be constant and indefinite growth in


Arunay , Nov, 02 2016


To get the public focus what we need is going to take a government that is not ruled by the wealthy. Right now, all of the wealth is locked up in the pockets of the 1%, so how do we free up a reasonable enough of this stored wealth to stimulate and therefor benefit the economy with a higher employment rate? Why must we leave this job creating technical apparatus to be run by the wealthy and powerful, whose practiced fraud and corruption have got us where we are today? Why can't the unions and the workers be in charge of their unions, workers, and the laws that ensure their survival? These conditions were not created by the worker because he was to lazy to work! Why elect the wealthy when they always steal our jobs? It is the macro economics of greed and corruption happening in secret amongst politicians that have destroyed the American worker, nothing but greed and corruption.

To get the public focus what we need is going to take a government that is not ruled by the wealthy. Right now, all of the wealth is locked up in the pockets of the 1%, so how do we free up a reasonable enough of this stored wealth to stimulate and therefor benefit the economy with a higher employme


Abhishek Sharma , Dreamer, Mechanical engineer @ BITS Pilani Nov, 02 2016


I believe Vishwajeet Kumar will have some interesting thoughts on this.