Why I Hate GBI

Because it’s inhuman cruelty under the guise of caring. 

Nearly half of all prime working-age male labor-force dropouts—an army now totaling roughly 7 million men—currently take pain medication on a daily basis. . . In our mind’s eye we can now picture many millions of un-working men in the prime of life, out of work and not looking for jobs, sitting in front of screens—stoned.

Of course, it’s so easy not to notice any of this and instead self-congratulate and preen. 

And yes, there already is guaranteed basic income in the US:

Of the entire un-working prime-age male Anglo population in 2013, nearly three-fifths (57 percent) were reportedly collecting disability benefits from one or more government disability program in 2013. 

Swedish Consumers 

What’s really funny is that the tweet in the previous post was written to ridicule Trump’s comment about mass immigration problems in Sweden when the tweet itself is a perfect demonstration of why Swedish authorities are desperate to bring in immigrants. 

The tweet’s author is sincerely and simple-mindedly convinced that the whole world is eager for the details of her consumption and that there is no political and social issues that can’t be subsumed by the list of products she devours. A society like that will not procreate at replacement levels and will stagnate with only high suicide rates to break the monotony. Yes, there are people like this Ida everywhere, but in the US there are enough people with religion and enough recent immigrants to counteract the inertia of consumerism. 

Oil

An article on the front page of the New York Times is titled “Oil Recovers, but Not Its Jobs. Automation Reduces Need for Blue-collar Workers.” Those who insist on doubting that whole professions are being automated away should feel free to Google it. 

This will not have any sort of an adverse effect on drilling, of course. The importance of oil was never about jobs but about the enormous geopolitical influence it gives. The workers, in the meanwhile, will go on GBI and will be happy and grateful as long as they can watch illegal Mexicans bein hunted down by raids.