Preparing for a world without work means grappling with the roles work plays in society, and finding potential substitutes. First and foremost, we rely on work to distribute purchasing power: to give us the dough to buy our bread. Eventually, in our distant Star Trek future, we might get rid of money and prices altogether, as soaring productivity allows society to provide people with all they need at near-zero cost.
Another interesting hour from To The Best of Our Knowledge.
American companies generate a lot of wealth. But Americans aren’t seeing much of it. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says that’s because today’s corporations are obsessed with one thing — growth. We’ll find out why our economy’s operating system is broken and how we can fix it, as we rethink work. Also, we’ll explore the six-hour work day and the case for a universal basic income.
I have been thinking lately about Universal Basic Income, and the interview here with Rutger Bregman has some useful insights. (Which means I’ll need to read his Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-Hour Workweek soon, too.)
The phrase that really jumped out at me, and which will likely become the title of a future blog post, was that “UBI is the dividend of progress”. Ties in nicely with my musings a few years back on the idea, If the government were run like a business…