I don't think we are headed to absolute socialism and equality. At least not in the near future. There will always be some level of social
stratification and I think a reasonable amount is healthy.
That said, what we are doing now is far from healthy. I definitely think there is a better form of socio-economic system on the horizon, but it will
take a big shift in global consciousness before that happens.
Technically, we have to capacity to produce the things people need with very little labor which could free up people to do much more creative things
with their lives.
Unfortunately, too many people demonize the idea as "lazy" people just wanting a bunch of free stuff. I think a lot of it is that so many people have
worked a job they don't particularly like for many years and if someone tells them that there's a way to live without having to do a job they hate,
they reject it because they invested so much of their lives in it and they don't want to feel like its been decades wasted. Obviously, there are very
powerful people that would not benefit from this form of system so they use sophisticated propaganda that patronizes people without actually saying,
"Get to work slaves," which is what they really mean.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free."
Another reason this alternative system is demonized is because of the assumption that people would just rot and be worthless and unproductive, but
it's totally unfounded. I happen to believe that people are not inherently lazy. I don't even believe in laziness per se. I think "laziness" has more
to do with being uninspired. And so many of the jobs in this economy are uninspiring. If people were freed up from mundane work, I think they would be
much more creative and productive, not to mention more peaceful. There was a study that was done a few years ago regarding the effect money has on
production. The conclusion that was reached was that when it comes down to repetitive type work, where there is little cognitive thinking required,
money as an incentive slightly increased production. But when it came down projects where it required much more cognitive, creative thinking and
problem solving money was actually a deterrent.
Interestingly enough, the jobs that are the most vulnerable to being replaced with automation are the mundane, tedious, repetitive jobs. So as more
jobs become automated, money as an incentive will be producing fewer and fewer results.
Capitalism as we know it is becoming obsolete. The big question though:
Are people in general going to be open minded enough to let go of some of their deep ideologies that they hold so tight or will people become obsolete
right along side capitalism?
One is inevitable. Hopefully it's the former.
edit on 19-10-2015 by Reflection because: Misspell
edit on 19-10-2015 by
Reflection because: Misspell