More than half (57%) work full-time year-round, the customary schedule for employment intended to provide financial security.
So this is the problem right here. We have more people than we need to run the economy by a substantial margin.
Automation, efficiency, computational power alone… We are at an unrivalled point in human history of not needing everyone to work in order to keep society running.
Our collective culture, governance, and policy is wildly unequipped to handle a straight surplus of population, and we’re clinging to the notion that capitalist style “value added” positions should exist for virtually everyone who wants one. They simply don’t.
We will need to start smartly utilizing taxation to better support the populace and ultimately either colonize offworld or run a UBI based society with our excess productivity.
If we cling to the assumption that we require a fully utilized workforce as a rule of functioning economic steength, we’re doomed to a dystopian future.
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