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Zeitgeist: Addendum - Part Three - Page 9

Author: Edward L Winston
Added: August 16th, 2009

This is the ninth page of part three in my series of articles on Zeitgeist: Addendum. Please refer to the introduction if you were lead to this page.

If we look back at history, we see a very clear pattern of machine automation, slowly replacing human labor. From the disappearance of the elevator man, to the near full automation of an automobile production plant, the fact is as technology grows, the need for humans in the work force will continually be diminished. This creates a serious clash, which proves the falseness of the monetary based labor system, for human employment is in direct competition with technological development. Therefore, given the fundamental priority of profit by industry, people, through time, will be continually laid off and replaced by machines.

I stated this above and this is true, it is inevitable.

[Jacque Fresco]
When industry takes on a machine, instead of shortening the workday, they downsize, you lose you job, so you have a right to fear machines.

In a high technology resourced based economy, it is conservative to say that about 90% of all current occupations could be phased out by machines, freeing humans to live their life without servitude, for this is the point of technology itself. And through time, with nanotechnology and other highly advances forms of science, it is not far fetched to see how even complex medical procedures could be performed by machines as well. And, based on the pattern, with much higher success rates than humans get today.

The path is clear, but our monetary based structure, which requires labor for income, blocks this progress, for humans need jobs in order to survive. The bottom line is that this system must go, or we will never be free and technology will be constantly paralyzed.

I believe that the monetary system was necessary in the evolution towards technocracy, but it's reaching the breaking point.

[Jacque Fresco]
When you have machines that clean out sewers, it frees a human being from doing that. So look at machines as extensions of human performance.

Furthermore, many occupations today will have simply no basis to exist in a resourced based economy, such as anything associated the management of money, advertising, along with the legal system itself. For, without money, a great majority of the crimes that are committed today would never occur. Virtually all forms are of crime are a consequence of the monetary system either directly, or by neurosis inflicted though financial deprivation. Therefore laws themselves could eventually become extinct.

It is breathtakingly naive to believe that all crime is based on money or needing more. Rape, child abuse, hate crimes, domestic assault, etc are not (all) because of a poverty stricken childhood and are going to take several generations to remove, if at all possible.

[Jacque Fresco]
Instead of putting up a sign "Drive carefully, slippery when wet," put abrasive in the highway, so it's not slippery when wet. And if a person gets in a car and they're drunk and the car oscillates a great deal, there's a little pendulum that swings up and back, and that will pull the car over to the side. Not a law, a solution. Put sonar and radar in automobiles, so they can't hit one another. Manmade laws are attempts to deal with occurring problems, and not knowing how to solve them, they make a law.

Let's say a drunk guy gets into his car and starts driving, the car begins to pull him over but he's in the center lane on the high way, and it's fairly busy so on either side of him are other cars. The car would try to pull him over, but stop itself when it realizes someone is on one side, then try to go to the other, and therein lies the problem, you still have a drunk guy driving and the car is making it worse because it's swerving all over the road. It's important to not under think things and remember Murphy's law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

In the United States, the most privatized, capitalist country on the planet, it should come as no surprise that it also has the largest prison population in the world, growing every year. Statistically, most of these people are uneducated and come from poor, deprived societies. And contrary to propaganda, it is this environmental conditioning which lures them into criminal and violent behavior. However, society looks the other way in regard to this point.

Sometimes rich people murder others. See Nancy Kissel and Leopold and Loeb, among others. 

The legal and prison systems are just more examples of how our society avoids examining the root causes of behavior. Billions are spent each year on prisons and police, while only a fraction is spent on programs for poverty, which is one of the most fundamental variables responsible for crime to begin with.

And, as long as we have an economic system, which prefers and in fact creates scarcity deprivation, crime will never go away.

We may always have crime on some level, it's hard to say, but the current system does not help but perpetuate it.

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