After robots take all employment

I think this daily expense account is more realistic than a basic income to provide for the basic welfare of the unemployed in a fully automated economy. It is also helpful to illustrate how dismal this state of affairs will be. The expense account is a daily ration, and a cot in a shelter. But the shelter will have plenty of available virtual-reality head consoles.

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All government recognized marriages should be unconstitutional by the 13th amendment

In the near term, the question about same sex marriages seems to be centered on the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Eventually, I believe the supreme court will need to address a 13th amendment question about marriages in general. Does state recognition of marriage as providing special autonomy to individuals shielded from state interference violate the 13th amendment’s prohibitions against slavery and (implicitly) indentured servitude? While religious recognition of marriage is legitimate and may vary, the state may be justified in not recognizing any marriages so that it will continue to be able to protect against abusive labor arrangements. The equal protections of the 14th amendment applies also to the prohibitions of slavery of the 13th amendment. Taken together, the two amendments should prohibit that states from offering any special recognition and privileges to marriages that are not also available to more routine corporate charters.

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.

Choosing a career vs an income

I continue to think about the arguments around income inequality.   I mentioned in earlier posts that I think the debate is distorted by mixing celebrity income with career income.   Some of the highest incomes are a result of celebrity rather than a career choice. Celebrity is recognition and popularity based on a name,…

Questioning Celebrity

In my previous post, I loosely defined celebrity to the point of suggesting that every employee is a kind of celebrity to a certain audience of peers and bosses.   There may be a better term but I like the impact of the term celebrity.  Celebrity is when established recognition is the major or sole…