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Friday, May 10, 2013

Research Drives America

6 comments:

HughLygon said...

Had to stop listening after the first sentence. How can such a guy be so retarded? Les Etats Unis Merdeux, that's how.

Productivity drives income inequality and rising living standards for the productive. At least 80% of the "employed" in Les Etats Unis Merdeux do not actually do anything. The problem is less in Japan and least in Germany, but is a problem in every developed country.

When all the real work can be done by a small minority of the population the result is NOT rising living standards, it is the exclusion and impoverishment of the unproductive majority.

The liberal economics rule that everyone who can should "work" leads to the absurdity that employees of MacDonald's are counted as employed.

Yan Heng said...

look in the long term, man. Now machines are doing what we were all doing 400 years ago, but our life improved a lot, right?

HughLygon said...

Eventually right, yes. But the current problem will require the recognition of elite opinion and government policy that 1. everyone must work is passe and that 2. there are significant and inerradicable differences between people, that some are simply better than others and should have more children. This recognition is a long way off.

Bobdisqus said...

Steve, without some commentary to explain what point you think this makes it seems a bit self serving. The rise of the rest we should fear? H1B evangelism? If only we would increase spending for university administrators all would be right with the world?

David Coughlin said...

"there are significant and inerradicable differences between people, that
some are simply better than others and should have more children."

I know lots of +2 to +3-ish IQ types. I know none who are so pathology free that I would select any one of them over the others for breeding purposes. How high up the selective breeding do you want to go, and what is the associated breeding load?

HughLygon said...

Any criteria, however mild or severe, are better than the status quo. The specter of National Socialism is only one impediment. The bigger problem is the neo-liberal ideology. When the biological explanation of class can't hold water the inevitable result is something like Scandinavian socialism or "worse".

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