It is an abiding mystery why the US, after leading the west to the greatest strategic victory in the history of the nation state in the cold war and the triumph of democracy in most of the world, has been for about 15 years, in public policy terms, an almost unrelievedly stupid country. America’s enemies could scarcely have devised a more suicidal programme than the one that was followed: outsourcing nearly 50m jobs while admitting 20m unskilled aliens ...
Conrad Black, The Financial Times, August 29, 2012.
|Chinese sweatshop: Where the jobs went. Source|
|US U6 Unemployment: 14.6%, October 2012. Source|
But even that would not solve the problem of mass Western unemployment. Faced by rising wages at its Chinese slave plantations Foxconn, the manufacturer of the iPhone and many other hot electronic items, proposes to replace workers by the million with robots. What we will have then is a world in which most labor is not worth its hire. Even a starvation wage will be too much.
This was foreseen many decades ago by the geniuses who brought about the cyber revolution. Thus, in 1960, Norbert Wiener, a child prodigy from Columbia, Missouri, and the inventor of cybernetics wrote:
Robotics and the paradox of slaveryBut the capitalists, the Jobs's, the Gates's the Goldman Sachs's and all the other people who fund US Presidential elections and profit from globalization and the robotic revolution have no concern for those mangled in the machinery. If there is no self-working machinery of laissez-faire that insures that maximization of profits for the owners of capital redounds to the benefit of the people as a whole, who among the owners of capital cares? The attitude is clear: if labor is needed, outsource to the Third World or bring to the West workers from the Third World who are young, fertile, ambitious, energetic, and ready if necessary to work in the underground economy at less than minimum wage.
A slave is expected to have two qualities: intelligence, and subservience. These two qualities are by no means perfectly compatible. The more intelligent the slave is, the more he will insist on his own way of doing things in opposition to the way of doing things imposed on him by his owner. To this extent he will cease to be a slave. Similarly the machine with a higher-order programming will do things that we many not have foreseen in detail. The result is that in the employment of such a machine we are bound to find sooner or later that the purpose of the machine does not conform to the detailed mode of action which we have chosen for it. ...
With a machine of this sort ... where we do not fully understand we shall be under pressure to confirm and to a certain extent the machine rather than ourselves will be the lord of such performance. This imposes upon us new obligations and new responsibilities. The machine will still be literal-minded on the highest level, and will do what we have told it to do rather than what we want it do and what we imagine we have told it to do. Here we dig into the moral problems which earlier generations have faced on the level of magic. WW. Jacob's story The Monkey's Paw, Goethe's poem The Magician's Apprentice, and the Arabian Nights legend of the fisherman and the genie call this matter to our attention. The Monkey's Paw gets its owner a small fortune at the cost of the mangling of his son in the machinery of the factory in which he works. The Magician's Apprentice has learned the words by which the broomstick was made to fetch water but has not yet learned the words to stop it. The genie in the bottle, once it has been released by the fisherman, has a will of its own which is bent on his destruction. These tales of imagination cease to be tales of imagination once we have actually made working agencies which go beyond the complete comprehension of those who have constructed them. There is nothing which will automatically make the automatic factory work for human good, unless we have determined this human good in advance and have so constructed the factory as to contribute to it. If our sole orders to the factory are for an increase in production, without regard to the possible aspects of this new and vast productivity and without regard to the problems of unemployment and the redistribution of human labor, there is no self-working principle of laissez-faire which will make those orders redound to our benefit and even prevent them from contributing to our own destruction. The responsibilities of automation are new, profound and difficult
Assembly line workers. Source
|Politically correct Britain. Source|
Today's leadership consists in the promotion of a perversion of liberalism, together with criminalization of the expression of traditional morality, loyalty, responsibility and religious belief. Trouble from the plebs? Just give 'em more rights, women's rights, gay rights, animal rights, the right not to work and other rights they want just as long as they remain distracted and continue the process of self destruction. As Konrad Lorenz remarked:
Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.Or as the T.S. Eliot put it:
If you give people what they want, you begin by underestimating them and end by corrupting them.
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