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Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

by bruc101
posted 01-23-2017 11:22 PM


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#51 posted 02-19-2017 09:41 PM

Society has long been past the point where most people are producing necessities. Most of what we create are goods and services people want but don’t need. If automation fails to bring down the cost of goods, then companies will decide there’s no advantage to it and will continue to employ people as normal. If the cost of goods does drop, then labor gets cheaper due to deflation and ambitious people will continue to produce stuff that other people desire.

People like Elon Musk probably dream about a fully-automated society where the bulk of the population has nothing to do but sit around waiting for handouts from those that own the factories. However, that will never happen so long as people refuse to turn in their tools, property and resources.

People are good at finding things to do (unless they’re addicted to entertainment) and will simply create busy work for themselves and buy and sell the results to each other. A few years ago I wanted a leather apron. I could have purchased a manufactured one for $60 but since I had plenty of surplus cash around, I got a handmade one for $350. Not too long ago, a local guy gave me $40 to cut a handful of parts so he could make himself a spice rack. Why didn’t he just go to Target and purchase a ready-made one for $40? I’ve no idea as I didn’t ask him.

Every time I go for a drive around Chicago, I wonder when they’ll get around to fixing the potholes. I wonder if anyone will ever pickup the trash lying around the roads. If I see a new subdivision going up, I wonder why modern society with all its machines and automation can’t produce anything better than vinyl squares built around 2×4’s. Instead, we get pundits with all their wisdom telling us that old, ornate forms of architecture are too costly to be practical. How can that be if we’ve got productive capacity flowing out of our ears? What about all the aging infrastructure that needs to be removed and replaced now? If automation really were eliminating all jobs, those things would have been done already.

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#52 posted 02-19-2017 10:17 PM

As a few of you have said the problem in the US is not a lack of jobs but a lack of educated, skilled workers. There is a shortage of registered nurses, there is a shortage of IT personnel, there is a shortage of procurement staff, etc, etc, etc. We need fewer blue collar workers, that’s the bottom line. Nowadays you truly need to be educated. The days of supporting your family with a factory/assembly line job are gone. Cooperate and graduate…

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#53 posted 02-19-2017 10:50 PM



We need fewer blue collar workers, that s the bottom line.

Actually, there’s a severe shortage of blue collar workers at the moment. Plumbers, cabinetmakers, electricians, truck drivers, brick layers and other tradesmen are in high demand. There’s a surplus of people that got themselves generic college degrees and those people are hard-pressed to find jobs because they have no skill in the trades nor any advanced, technical education.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#54 posted 02-20-2017 12:07 AM


We need fewer blue collar workers, that s the bottom line.

Actually, there s a severe shortage of blue collar workers at the moment. Plumbers, cabinetmakers, electricians, truck drivers, brick layers and other tradesmen are in high demand. There s a surplus of people that got themselves generic college degrees and those people are hard-pressed to find jobs because they have no skill in the trades nor any advanced, technical education.

- JAAune

Yes, we have plenty of millennials with useless degrees and high college debt. But on the plus side, we have plenty of baristas.

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