So Ouur Wullie decides to tell us about Tyler Cowen\’s views.
Mr. Cowen begs to differ:
Such views make for a convenient target, but that is not close to what I wrote in The Great Stagnation. For instance on p.83 you will find me proclaiming, after several pages of details, “For these reasons, I am optimistic about getting some future low-hanging fruit.” Those are not Straussian passages hidden like the extra Nirvana audio track at the end of Nevermind. The very subtitle of the book announces “How America…(Eventually) Will Feel Better Again.”
Then there\’s the other stuff Wullie tells us:
Some argue that a dystopian world is emerging in which good jobs and full-time employment will become the preserve of an educated, computer-literate elite.
Oh for the Lord\’s Sake!
We don\’t actually want \”good jobs\” nor do we want full-time employment. What we want is the ability to consume as much as we can with the minimum amount of effort.
Which is exactly what mechanisation of anything at all brings us. The machines make it, we consume it and no sweated brows to be seen anywhere.
Seriously, who gives a fuck about the alphas all having to go to work as long as the rest of us have our flying cars?