Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is on a roll this weekend. Sadly, she was the big draw at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. At that gathering, Ocasio-Cortez said people should be excited by the prospect of robots taking their jobs because it will afford them more time to pursue their creative passions. Translation: fully automated luxury communism. That’s the idea that automation could usher in an era of universal comfort and plenty, but only if its dividends are shared among workers and owners of capital.
When the prospect of a universal basic income did not fly, because Americans in their gut know it doesn’t work, leftists such as AOC turned to robots and promoting that we let them do all the work. Meanwhile, they make illusionary promises that automation will allow us to chase our dreams and rainbows. It’s what communists have always promised and it never works. It always ends in violence, want, blood, and death.
She thinks our collective fear over automation stems from a lack of a financial safety net and economic uncertainty. “We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out of work,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We should not feel nervous about the tollbooth collector not having to collect tolls. We should be excited by that. But the reason we’re not excited about it is because we live in a society where if you don’t have a job, you are left to die.”
Wow… that’s a whopper of a lie. It’s called ‘exchange’. You get paid for what you are willing to work for. A concept that is foreign to Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and others of their communist bent.
She even had the nerve to approach billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates over this. Gates is a Marxist so he may actually bite on her idea. Ocasio-Cortez wants to tax robots up to 90% to make up for workers’ lost income from automation. It’s the classic techno-futurist dream, one that Gates has also championed. “Whether it’s a tax rate, whether it’s distributing wealth that’s created by automation – if we approach solutions to our systems and start entertaining ideas like that, then we should be excited about automation because of what it could potentially mean,” she said.
Then she went off on the communist dream that if this was accomplished it would allow society more time to dabble in art and science, and actually increase the pace of innovation, freeing up “more time enjoying the world we live in.” Said every communist from the beginning of time. It never ever works that way. “Not all creativity needs to be bonded by wage,” she said to loud applause.
Robots have put half a million people out of work in the United States, and researchers estimate that they could take 800 million jobs by 2030.
Americans are not in favor of giving up all of their jobs to automation. And they sure as heck don’t want to be stripped of the ability to compete, innovate, and rise to new heights of achievement. We don’t want a ‘basic’ income. We want the opportunity to achieve unlimited wealth – it’s not just for the leftist elite, although they would like to have it that way.
According to Reuters, an Association for Advancing Automation study estimates U.S. companies installed a record number of robots in 2018. Automation shipments totaled around 28,478 for the year, an increase of 16 percent from 2017. It will only get worse as technology is the horse out of the gate and can’t be stopped in this area now. But we sure don’t need a young communist taking away our employment even faster and enslaving us to automation.
I’ll close with food for thought and a reminder that what was once old is new again – The Gods of the Copybook Headings:
“AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
“We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
“We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
“With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
“When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
“On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
“In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
“Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
“As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
“And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!”