Income and wealth inequality are different: income is contingent on conformity

High income is great if the fruits of that income can compensate for the required repression of the parts of a personality that don’t match the brand. On this blog, I also make theories to explain declining workforce participation. With the above discussion of how automation and technology is pushing celebrity status down to ever lower positions, a justification for avoiding work may be to avoid becoming a celebrity. Becoming a celebrity means repressing most of a person’s real self to fit in the brand of the celebrity. It is one thing to demand a coffee-house chain to remain true to a brand image of nothing-but-good-coffee. It is another to expect that kind or restraint from a talented human being.

Business activity tracking can improve requirement analysis for maintaining legacy applications

Legacy applications can benefit from big data approaches without the need to replace the legacy architecture with new technologies. Instead the big data can augment the application by collecting higher volume, variety, and velocity data about the user’s activity using the application. Analysis of this data can inform decision makers where there may be problems with the work-products. Correspondingly, it can provide requirements analysts with information about where improvements are needed or with more complete library of edge cases to consider for new designs.

Modern sensitivity to offensive speech emerged out of the prohibition

Decisive democratic action is offensive action. Some group or many groups may be insulted by the decision. This was less of an impediment when the everyday culture expected insults and offense. The nature of speech was what we today call offensive. Consequently, there was no barrier to democracy making decisions that we today call offensive.

Alternative history of two parallel governments divided by age groups: implication on establishing old age entitlements

Within this alternative history and starting around 1960, I imagine a different progression of obligation growth in terms of number of programs, of more generous eligibility requirements, of more generous benefits, and of higher national debt. Although the constituency for this part of government are the primary beneficiaries of the obligations, there will be political differences based on different interests within this age group. The financial requirements for self-funding the government or begging for transfer from the operational government will heighten the political debate.

Parallel governments by age groups will reform notion of employment

The nature of the employer-employee relationship will change fundamentally when a worker enters the older group. One way to describe that change is to distinguish employment from contract work where employment shares a legacy with slavery in the the sense of the employer (business owner) having an obligation to take care the welfare of the employee in terms of providing steady income despite the ups and downs of business cycles. That employment includes employer investment in employee development and advancement. This obligation to take care of employees would cease when the worker reaches the age 55.

Invigorate the economy by splitting economy by age groups

My proposed model of a separate older workforce provides the economy with a new pool of lower cost and short term workers. These workers may be older but due to advances in healthcare and public health, these are generally very healthy and capable workers. They can provide the labor for the more risky ventures that occasionally may succeed into building new industries that can eventually employ the more strictly governed younger workers.

Adapting to modern aging populations: government of two cohorts

The other government has a minimum voting age of 55. Upon reaching this age, a person can voluntarily participate in this part of government but when he does he forfeits his participation in the first government. Participation in this government should offer many advantages that will encourage this switch in participation. This government is responsible for all of the entitlement and personal benefit programs of the government. These are expenses unrelated to the operation of the government. Instead it is focused on the welfare of the people. While this will include welfare for younger adults, the bulk of the benefits will go to older people. This government will also be responsible for servicing all of the government debts, including operational debts likely incurred when the voters were younger.

Economic motivation in dedomenocracy: avoiding culture of poverty

A culture of poverty may be inevitable in a dedomenocracy. I am a little optimistic that the dedomenocracy may be able to work its way out of a culture of poverty once it occurs. One property of a dedomenocracy is that it has no obligation to be consistent with earlier decisions or some human ideology. It may be possible that a dedomenocracy can help in making a culture of poverty a temporary condition. On the other hand, I’m only a little optimistic. Once a culture of poverty takes hold, the population loss of enthusiasm and motivation will greatly hamper what a dedomenocracy can do.