The "perception vs. reality" problem here in the U.S. is exacerbated by the powers that be keeping the masses divided. They do it in many ways, race, sex, national origin, region, economic class and State of origin. New York is better than Pennsylvania, Texas is the bestest etc.. The Media glorifying the rich and powerful. When I have pointed out this data to my friends on the Right they come back with the same answer. "Texas is bigger than Sweden." When I ask them why does that matter?? They have no response. And with Labor Union membership down to 6% from 26% 40 years ago there is no solidarity among the working class to pressure politicians and the moneyed elite for better wages and job protections. We are coming up on Labor Day here in the U.S. and I would doubt 1 out of 1000 citizens know what this Holiday is really about and the struggle of Labor to have what little we enjoy today. Labor creates all wealth, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/189292609059522\n43/
Tuco, regrettably in today's industry, labor does not create all wealth. Capital creates more capital in an endless spiral that concentrates wealth in the few. It's understandable that if a very wealthy person implements robots to do assembly of cars (which may have been built by other robots, so let's keep it simple), the value created by those robots belongs just to him. But eventually that leaves no customers to buy those products. I'm not particularly a socialist, but there needs to be some means of recovering and redistributing wealth in a society with no blue collar workers.
Very wealthy person implements robots. hmm?? Labor created those robots. Labor pulled the materials the robot was made from out of the Earth. Labor created the program that makes the robot run. Labor maintains the robot to keep it running. You bring up an interesting scenario however. Will we be forced to build and maintain our replacements?
Or will our replacements build themselves? Forget the Zombie Apocalypse, SkyNet is here. hehe This is why Labor must have a 21st Century resurgence. With Google AI Go Program destroying the #1 Pro Go Player we are staring down the abyss of a Robopocalypse.
Oh and spellacked... Capital doesn't create more capital in an endless spiral that concentrates wealth in the few. Unregulated Capitalism does that through a rigged tax system.
However this is nothing new. If you look at Slavery in a cold and purely economic sense the Slaves were the Robots of their time. Labor was expended to pull the Slave from their homes and Capital was used to purchase them and create more Capital by "implementing" them in the fields.
Why expend the Capital to "implement" slaves? Because it was cheaper and created a greater Profit for the Slaveholder than paying a decent wage to a farm worker.
Why move manufacturing overseas? Because labor is cheaper and creates a greater Profit for the Slaveholders oops I meant Shareholders.
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