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07 May, 2014

Already happens: Capitalism destroys human labor force and goes to the next phase

by system failure

Connecting the dots one can discover the most nightmarish scenarios. Destructive capitalism's next phase is the total substitution of the human labor force with robotic machines, or in other words, the hyper-automatization. There is a process taking place right now, and no one (or nearly no one) knows what would happen after its completion.

The true picture behind unemployment

From a latest article in PressTV:

Did you know that there are nearly 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now? And 20 percent of all families in the United States do not have a single member that is employed. So how in the world can the government claim that the unemployment rate has “dropped” to '6.3 percent'?”

Well, it all comes down to how you define who is 'unemployed'. For example, last month the government moved another 988,000 Americans into the 'not in the labor force' category.”


102(!) million working age Americans that do not have a job right now? 20%(!) of all families in the US do not have a single member that is employed? Do you find these numbers exaggerated? Maybe not, if you read the following story by the "eye-witness" Yanis Varoufakis.

What is going on in front of our eyes?

Yanis Varoufakis in his article "What if the capital of future doesn't need us?", describes what he saw in Austin-Texas and what that means:

While I was watching from my window in Austin-Texas, I saw a big cloud of dust deep in horizon. Two days ago, I was walking in that area and I was surprised by the view of the big factory where bulldozers and machines were continuously working, producing the dust. From the front side of the building under construction it was obvious that (fortunately) they were not building a new trade center or apartment blocks. No, it was a big industrial center.”

Although I didn't notice it the first time, after a few seconds I realised that something was missing from this factory: people! Specifically, I counted three. All of them were wearing helmets and protection suits and were located in a small office in a space outside with a few computers, while they were covered by a tent like those used by the army. Ten bulldozers, three cranes and more or less ten moving tools, at least from what I could see, were moving without drivers, operators, workers generally.”

When I returned to my office, I went straight to find a colleague who knows well what's going on. He informed me that the workplace I saw, was the new factory of Apple to produce MacBook Pro. It was true that, it was constructed through almost complete automatization. The materials had been selected through a way with which, the automatic machines - therefore robots connected to eachother through a local wireless network (intranet) - to be able to construct without human interference - even the hydraulic structure of the building will be constructed by plumpers-robots. A factory that under normal conditions should employ thousands of workers is functioning with the presence of less than one hundred souls.”

I asked him about the move of Apple to produce computers in America, by bringing back in the US the production from China for the first time after decades. 'How's that?' And the answer was the expected one, although quite impressive: 'Wages are of no importance. The export of productive processes from America to China (off-shoring) was only an intermediate stage. The production has returned to America, but not the jobs. The new factory of Apple, not only is constructed without American workers' sweat, but will also produce MacBook Pro through complete automatization, without hiring Texans. Welcome to the New, Brave World', ended with a smile, referring obviously to the Brave New World of Aldous Huxley.”

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When bulldozers and plumpers-robots that at this moment build the new factory of Apple, will start to learn from eachother and cooperate inside a robotic network, even the few jobs concerning the operation of these robots will vanish. In case that these armies of interconnected machine slaves belonged to everyone, thus if everyone had the right to benefit from the goods that they produce, then no problem. What should be done, however, in case that these machine slaves, the capital of future, belong (like the most of today's capital) to the very few, while at the same time most of the people do not have access in the goods they produce and an opportunity to work for a (human) wage?”


Capital "hyperaccumulation" : Useful for the next stage

Economic crises are used to destroy big competitors and keep the value of money high, through capital "hyperaccumulation". Capital "hyperaccumulation", however, is also used to fund the next stage of the destructive capitalism which is hyper-automatization.

How all these connected to the Greek experiment?

How long a society could tolerate an unemployment rate of 30% - 50% without uprising that could bring an "instability" to the system? When unemployment rate for the young people has reached 60%? When pensions and wages have been cut? How much the unemployment benefit should be cut in order to allow people to survive and consume without uprising? How many could be left totally helpless without any kind of social benefit? How much the mainstream media propaganda affects people in order to stay scared inside their homes without uprising?

The new nightmarish facts in Greek experiment could be proved quite useful for the big companies that hyper-automatize production and seek to remove the human labor costs.

Someone has to consume

The big question is: If all the production will be automatized (even the services sector), who will consume the products? Are we going to a model that most of the people will be receiving unemployment benefits just to survive and consume?

In overpopulated developing countries there are huge potential consumer tanks. Their consuming power will rise and the complete automatization of the production there will take decades. However, the suitable conditions should be created first, in the aged and saturated West, in order a limit in wages to be established and the expansion of the Western social state model to be prevented because all these things mean an additional cost for the global economic oligarchy:


The new model could lead to a future Dystopia beyond any fantasy:

In the middle of the pyramid, a restructured class will serve and secure the domination of the top. Corporate executives, big journalists, scientific elites, suppression forces. It is characteristic that academic research is directed on the basis of the profits of big corporations. Funding is directed increasingly to practical applications in areas that can bring huge profits, like for example, the higher automatization of production and therefore, the profit increase through the restriction of jobs.”

The base of the pyramid will be consisted by the majority of workers in global level, with restricted wages, zero labor rights, and nearly zero opportunities for activities other than consumption.”

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However, the most horrific thing of all will be the expansion of the lower social level, consisted by millions of people all over the planet, which will be left without any kind of help, dying in extreme poverty, since the global economic elite will secure its domination through the oversupply of labor force and consumers.

Unfortunately, already, the human life increasingly lose value...”


Are they all, so well designed?

Probably not. One can imagine, more or less, what is being discussed in closed rooms of economic forums and Bilderberg conferences behind cameras, but that does not mean that the designers of the new world order can build everything in detail.

In many cases in the past, predictions and designs of various think tanks have failed because there is no perfect theory that can predict everything with accuracy and include all the unexpected facts.

It is obvious that the subsection of the global economic oligarchy in Greece, fears a possible "accident" in euro elections since things are not going well for the traditional parties in power which support the local capital, and this is depicted in the way that the mainstream media propaganda culminates as we get closer to the euro elections day.

This means that, the struggle of people against the future Dystopia is not futile at all ...

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/5/14 18:39

    This explains the alternative:

    http://www.economonitor.com/lrwray/2013/11/21/bow-down-to-the-bubble-larry-summerian-endorses-bubbleonian-madness-and-paul-krugman-embraces-the-hansenian-stagnation-thesis/

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  2. Anonymous30/7/14 17:49

    So no more physical labor. big deal. We will get over it and evolve.

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  3. Over the last year I have written several articles about robots including the one below about how they will take away many employment opportunities. If robot factories are the future then let them be located in America.

    While they would not necessarily be a massive creator of jobs they would at least allow us to have control of our own manufacturing. Over the last three decades robots have become far more common in factories many have become dominated by robots. The article below looks at this job killer and how it might effect all of us.

    http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/04/robot-factories-mean-less-jobs.html

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  4. A few generations ago 50% of people toiled away on farms, then came tractors and combines,etc. Now- less than 2% produce much more & cheaper food....... times change! Farm work is horrid, so is factory work- good riddance.

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  5. Thank you all for your comments and links. Progress in not the issue here. Fully automated societies would be a huge step for humanity to solve many problems as long as serve equally all humans and respect the environment. Current sociological model is deeply rely on inequality more and more, expanding fast. Even capitalism in its classical form won't work for the benefit of all humans under full automation. Instead of truly evolve towards a more viable model the system "evolves" to an opposite direction bringing nightmarish imbalances and instability. Read also:

    http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/08/the-dominant-elite-ready-to-break.html

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