It seems it is finally hitting this generation. The Age of Human Labour is fast fading, the Age of Robotic Automation has dawned. The headlines read:
"Future of work: How your job will change by 2030”-- 27 July7, 2017:
“Every job in Australia will be changed and some wiped out in little over a decade, a new report has predicted. Australians planning to stick around in the workforce beyond the next 13 years can plan on writing and communicating more, and carrying out repetitive tasks a lot less, thanks to automation.
The Foundation for Young Australians has today released their New Work Smarts report after analysing over 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australian workers across 400 occupations to predict the skills and capabilities that will be needed in 2030.
The report predicts/highlights implications for all sectors and workers, and no job is safe.
With today’s 15-year-olds likely to make 17 changes in employers across five different careers, according to the research, young people need to be prepared to learn on the job….”
Now read about the Social Credit answer to this Robotic/Automative Age
Keep in mind this article was written in 1934!
In contradistinction to the conservative, socialist or orthodox point of view, Social Credit follows the principle that progress is achieved through a constant departure from precedent, or more accurately that the means of dealing with circumstances must be adapted to the change in circumstances. It is the natural course of evolution to apply new methods to new situations.
The Old Methods of Economic Organization
All producer-credit schemes involve the recovery of the total cost of production in prices. This, today, is impossible because Industry, as it becomes increasingly mechanized distributes less and less money in the form of wages and salaries. To pour money into production while the community’s capacity to purchase its product is daily diminishing, is impracticable from the producer’s as well as the consumer’s point of view. Ruskin* said that “Consumption is the crown of Production”, and in fact,‘ production in an economic sense has no meaning unless the goods produced are consumed.
A means of distributing money direct to the consumer, in order to replace the purchasing power that he is losing through the mechanized processes of industry, would be as beneficial to the man who wishes to sell his products as to the man who has need of them.
Fear, poverty, unemployment, misery, despair and possible war are facing us today. Every one is desperately seeking a way out, but emotion, unless transformed into action, intelligently guided, will result in futility.
If Industry’s objective is more efficiently carried out by the use of machinery, automation and now robots, than by the use of man-power, then we must expect a progressive increase in unemployment. That was understood in the early years of the 20th century.
Social Credit puts forward proposals by which mankind can be liberated from the bonds of economic slavery into an ‘Economic Democracy’.
Cultural Inheritance is a Communal Possession
As stated earlier, both Labour and Capital are subject to private ownership, but our cultural inheritance is a communal possession. Who, for instance, has the right to claim an idea, conceived originally by some one, long since dead, whose name is now forgotten? From such origins the inventions of civilization in their manifold forms are developed and handed down. The legacy belongs to the whole community in the way that inventions do when their patents expire. It is not subject to the appropriation of the individual. They are no more the owners of it than a stenographer who types a scientific treatise on a typewriter can be said to be the owner of the scientific treatise.
* John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, and a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. 1819-1900