I started to write a comment to this story by Laurie Livingston Nave, but I turned into a story of its own.
When it comes to the “don’t quit your day job” conundrum, my brain goes on a couple of tangents. First (with a couple sub-tangents), is that we have reached an advanced enough level of technology that it should allow everyone to benefit from the overall value of our country’s state of productivity. By this, I mean something directly paid to everyone, such as a Universal Basic Income (UBI) rather than the ethereal fantasy of ‘trickle-down’ Voodoo Economics. Trickle Down just means the poor getting peed on by the rich and using the saltpeter to make gunpowder to kill each other over who gets the best spot to be peed on-aka “entrepreneurship”.
Sub-tangent #1 is that along with that general value as a society, people need to be taught to be generally valuable to society, not just abandoned in poverty or as voting/cannon fodder competing for the bottom of the wage barrel. Un- and underemployed people should have enough basic support and cultural connection to be affected toward services of any and all kinds. This was the purpose of churches before they became the salesmen they used to only precede to teach indigenous people not to eat salesmen.
Sub-tangent #2 is that we shouldn’t penalize people for being creative and useful (the income tax code). We should penalize for buying stuff (or at least show complete overhead costs at the purchase point) because ‘demand’ is the justification used by governments, contractors and other imperialists to go out and take stuff. An economy isn’t built on money: money is created to represent value emerging from an economy of people striving toward increase. That increase doesn’t have to be tooth and claw combat toward the top of a pile of dead bodies. It can be a system of broadening support for the land we live and depend upon, and the people we know.
Second, a big part of FDR’s New Deal programs was the support of creative arts and public infrastructure. Artists were put to work beautifying the world, and unemployed people were put out digging ditches, building stuff, planting trees and improving parks for everyone to enjoy. There’s no reason we can’t still do that, even more so now because we have robots and machines to do the heavy lifting.
In today’s world, we allow people to get rich taking advantage of the masses with deceptive marketing, then give them a tax break for the expense, then give them another tax break for ‘donating’ to charity. This is usually through some program that improves their assessment values when a new park is created next to their own skyscraper/arena/conference center. Re: “America’s 60 Families” by Ferdinand Lundberg
I think a lot of the millennial mindset is the chance they’ve had to learn on the internet that the Invisible Hand is usually holding a gun, and they don’t want to be assigned as the trigger finger. They want to know how to be useful without being their parents (the ancient ritual of puberty). This quest is hampered and amplified by contemporary problems of oil wars, affluenza, climate change and personally targeted exploitative algorithms. They have to contend with female maturation being accelerated by food additives and chemicals, and male maturation permanently deferred by marketers and media. This deferral used to be limited to some few years by military service or college terms/professorships). Now it’s a profit center perpetually increased by saturation marketing and malnurishment.
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