Riding the warhorse of capitalism (if you can make big bucks ripping everyone off, you should be free to do so), innovation is threatening the social fabric and justice as nothing has done before.
WW I was so atrocious because people went out to kill each other. But modern warfare is more sophisticated. Scores of people can be killed by just pushing a button. The victim will never know what hit them and the killers will never see a dead body.
This is what sophistication is trying to do to work. You will be exploited as never before, you will be hired and fired by machines, and you never will meet your boss or know who is the big boss running off with your fair share.
After Amazon killed off shops (and counting) worldwide, it will now try to uproot independent doctors and healthcare. They will all need to work for Amazon and those who don’t will go bankrupt. First, healthcare spending will come down but once the competition is out, prices will go up and there will be no alternative.
The idea is not to stop computers or progress. (Making electric current illegal would end all these problems, but it also would end all progress.) Rather, I think that consumers must demand from the politicians to outlaw selling under the market price. Big Money can afford to push smaller enterprises out of business and then will push up the prices. That’s the first thing to stop.
Automatization of jobs will be hard enough on the economy and on finding a decently paying job. But we can handle that. To begin with, by providing citizens a universal basic income that takes the stress off of working for a living. People will love to contribute and don’t need to be pushed into unhealthy work situations because of financial worries. This can be done.
What can’t be done is to live in a world where half a dozen men have more financial power than all the politicians of the United Nations combined, to squeeze out even more money from everyone. Citizens must tell politicians to stop the shoplifting of the economy.
The problems are so large that we cannot afford to become hopeless. See: