• @[email protected]
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    66 months ago

    Stopping tech from taking jobs just doesn’t make any sense. If we did have the perfect economic system, having that tech would lower the overall amount of work that needs to be done. That is a good thing. We should fight for fair labor practices, but fighting to keep labor itself around is the wrong idea. Why keep useless jobs around? Just to keep people employed?

    • admiralteal
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      36 months ago

      Right, that is the exact straw-man argument I was referring to.

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        46 months ago

        How exactly is that a strawman argument? You act like technology does nothing for us. I agree that fighting for higher wages and other protections also makes things better. I don’t understand why any of this makes the luddites right. Tech literally does work for us. You say tech makes people appear richer but it really only hurts us. What about medicine? What about the learning we can do through the Internet? What about the million other things that we can do that our ancestors couldn’t?

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          46 months ago

          Nowhere, not once, did I say we should stop tech from taking jobs. I didn’t even imply that outcome. I would even say I directly contradicted that. Yet you introduced it as the easy-to-dunk-on premise and then proceeded to dunk on it.

          It’s a textbook strawman. Not only that, but it is the exact one I referenced in my post, so I guess I’ll just copy and paste:

          Workers speak out that they are being hurt by a new technology and need support and instead of hearing the pain and considering what support would be fair, they’re instead painted as being anti-progress and told they should just lay down and get run over because the overall economy will still be fine in the end (and who cares if a few people are flattened in the process).