On the future of work, from Scottish Review:

“If the supply of ‘meaningful jobs’ does indeed start drying up because of increased automation, it will raise broader societal questions. In India and Scandinavia there’s already active discussion of moving to a guaranteed minimum income as a redistributive mechanism, but that alone won’t address the issue of the dignity of work, hence the attraction of a demagogue who promises to bring back ‘real jobs’. If those jobs don’t appear organically, we could find ourselves back to something that looks like Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration of the 1930s. Not just a guaranteed income, but a guaranteed job to go with it, and the promise of doing something worthwhile, rather than just being a benefits scrounger.”

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