To: Everyone :)
We are at the crescendo of human history, and it is quite obvious that the narratives that have structured our society in the 20th century are no longer working in the 21st century. Lacking a coherent narrative to make sense of the World life becomes increasingly chaotic and confusing. It sounds cliché and it is, but this decade is the most important in human history because there is so much at stake. For us to make the needed transition to a new society it is incumbent that a culture of openness is established such that the synergy of collective intelligence can be utilized. This of course involves lowering the barriers that have been put in place to maintain a hierarchical society. Governments which pass austerity measures onto their citizenry are not progressive, when people are denied a livable future, they will rightfully revolt.
To give everyone an equal chance in life, we need to level the playing field in terms of the ownership of assets. This is also especially important given the long-term impact of technological unemployment which excludes people from contributing to society and threatens social stability itself. In his book “The Lights in the Tunnel”, Martin Ford argues that most routine jobs in the economy will ultimately be automated via advancing technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. He goes on to suggest that without a basic income guarantee, this will cause widespread unemployment and a drastic decline in consumer demand and confidence.
A common objection to such a proposal of entitlement is that people would have no motivation to work. If money was no longer an issue what would you do? Sit around doing nothing with your life waiting to die, or would you want to find something meaningful to do with your time and skills? Much of the lazy work ethic that people have today is a direct result of doing a job that they don’t care for.
The goal of the future economy is not to provide “jobs” as most politicians seem to think. This type of thinking is a reification of the infinite growth paradigm they are trying to prop up. New jobs can only be created by producing more private goods and services, that is not what we need because it ultimately encloses the commons ever more and pushes us ever further towards ecological catastrophe. That said, whilst there may be a shortage of jobs, there is no shortage of work to be done. There are communities to rebuild, students to teach, forests to replant, rivers to clean, homeless to feed and so on.
This petition will keep ticking :)
TED talk: Robots and Automation
RSA: Why Creativity is the New Economy
TinyURL to this petition: http://tinyurl.com/cjwmr3z