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is a universal income a disincentive to work?
Recipients most don't work until they're about 20, and that number is edging upwards.
Increasing numbers in between are economically of no use in the complexifying work place.
The hours worked by those who still work is about 35 a week. It was probably nearer 50 when starting out.
The onrush of the factory system means ever less work to produce any goods.
Going through a shopping mall the other day, beyond the main supershop,
almost every shop was selling clothes, doubtless manufactured
Work is shrinking and disappearing rapidly The machines are taking over. Work is becoming optional. Large numbers work because the work interests them, or because they dream of driving a Fferrari or of getting 'important'.
The world we were raised in is disappearing fast. Better to adjust to the new realities.
The provison of services is changing.
For road and mains repairs - well, I had a main fixed the other day Three or four machines rolled up It took the machine supervisors three or four hours to complete the job.
Those who are ill are treeated by someone who likes being rich and doing an interesting bit of butchery. Soon computer driven robots will do it better, more safely and more accurately.
Food is produced by massive machines. Some of them now are driven by weather forecasts and satellite positioning. Nearly 100 years ago, on the plains of Canada and the USA, crews with massive machines did the harvests. The crews worked steadily north as the crop ripened. And now It's much more heavily mechanised.
Soon we will be dependent on machines. We'd just better hope someone still knows what to do if they go wrong!
fair and balanced response to deaths
Pakistan attacks terrorists, millions flee; socialist Syria kills another 2,000 - it's the joooz, it's the joooz...
The Israeli ceasefire initiative is holding.
It's the joos says Baroness Warsi as she complains.
Shorty Putin threatens Ukraine.
"I'm not an anti-semite, really I'm not."
saving money from socialist 'new' one nation class warfare union party's corruption
I listened to the whole session involving Theresa May and Michael Gove the other day. May just cut the fascist Labour Party to pieces, starting with Missis Balls [Yvette Cooper], and working her way down to the basement.
Gove had a rather harder time, but still gave a creditable performance. Clearly there is plenty more to do tidying up the mess left by the Left in the blob, and he still doesn't have complete control of the octopus of special interests.
The most telling comment was from Theresa May, lost almost in passing, that socialist 'new' Labour continually harped on about how much money was being allocated to various objectives; whereas her concern was with the results being obtained. An obvious but often missed difference between the big parties.
the socialist dream of taking over britain, 1934
From a correspondent: "Had the government wished to manage Cadbury then they should have bought Cadbury."
That's what Socialists actually want.
I am reading a 500-plus page semi-Socialist manifesto from 1934, The first workers' government or new times for Henry Dubb. It's explaining how the Socialist government will steadily take over everything - companies, land, the lot - and how much better off everyone will be once it's run by caring Socialists.
The first workers' government is said to have strongly influenced Attlee and several others of the high dark forces.
In this brave new world, everything is going to be run by Socialist politicians who clearly know much better how to run businesses. The profits of business will go to running the state!
Their first act will be an enabling act. This book written about 18 months after Hitler's Socialist government had taken over Germany.
Everything is going to be decided by technicians, a bit like Greece and Italy and quangos, I s'pose. The technicians will be promoted from the workers and trained at special socialist universities. All the 'capitalists' are going to be put out to grass - what do they know.
The lack of insight is saddening. The Labour Party has learned nothing in the intervening 80 years.
Marxist Ed Miliband dreams of a return to full blooded socialism. After all, Prohibition, and not just of alcohol, is the way to encourage the economy.
capital, wages and a basic citizen's income
It is hard for me to realise how great is the confusion among the Left between capital and wages.
Capital is about control (power) and production.
Taxing production/capital means less production.
Buying a machine for production, or a car to get to work, is not equivalent to buying a meal at a restaurant, or buying a car to tour the countryside, or what is left of it.
Redistribution is about keeping beggars off the streets and allowing the population to eat or to entertain themselves. Without distribution, what point is there in production?
Redistribution is a matter of ethics and or charity. It is matter of adjusting to the ever increasing productivity of the machines and the factory system. You cannot sell your cars or your restaurant meals if no-one can purchase them.
Factories are able to produce ever more with ever less people. Without redistribution, they may as well shut down.
The question is how is the redistribution to be managed, n not whether there is to be redistribution or not. Socialists want to control the public by controlling the redistribution. That is, they wish to enslave the population in pursuit of their selfish whims. Only a citizen's wage solves both problems—the selfishness of socialism, and the need to redistribute.
There must be a financial level of redistribution necessary and possible to an advanced society. That is the natural level for a citizen's wage.
I hear there are about 600,000 are not presently working in the UK. That is about 1% of the population (assuming that even babies and pensioners are available for 'work').
Say a very small percentage of the population are not really seeking work. In a less politically correct time, approximately 2% of the population would be classified as mentally defective, and many more are fairly marginal in terms of economic viability in a modern complex economy. Sanity suggest such people will need some assistance, much of which can be managed by that same citizen's wage.
I wish people would learn greater analytical skills, and desist
from empty rhetoric and the socialist class warfare!
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