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notbillgates  ·  2635 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Theopolitics in Amurica

    This is because the free market as it currently functions cannot work in a world of increasing automation, which makes labour far less important to economic growth.

The free market will continue to function the same as it always has, thats the great thing about a free market structure. It will adapt to any situation, regardless of whether or not there is an increase in automation, this principle has been demonstrated before, beginning with the first industrial revolution and continuing today.

    the nation-state is not a structure that makes any sense in 2014.

There always has and always will be faction in the world, unity will never exist on a world wide scale, this is simply human nature. I cannot see a single example of a united world that was not by force. Rome was united only by brute force, the British empire, every "democratic" country on earth today continues to exist because it's citizens live in fear of the power they have chosen to hand to their government. It's a sad truth but no cooperative society will ever exist with humans in charge.

While you make many excellent points about a system that I to agreed is totally broken, your view of humans ability to unite as one is far from realistic. I cannot present you a solution and it's doubtful that anyone can present a solution that will fix the problems created by theological states. Once you institute a solution it will only create different, potentially worse problems.

notbillgates  ·  2748 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Third Bi-Weekly Give Me a Quote from Something You've Been Reading Lately

    “It was a lone tree burning on the desert. A heraldic tree that the passing storm had left afire. The solitary pilgrim drawn up before it had traveled far to be here and he knelt in the hot sand and held his numbed hands out while all about in that circle attended companies of lesser auxiliaries routed forth into the inordinate day, small owls that crouched silently and stood from foot to foot and tarantulas and solpugas and vinegarroons and the vicious mygale spiders and beaded lizards with mouths black as a chowdog's, deadly to man, and the little desert basilisks that jet blood from their eyes and the small sandvipers like seemly gods, silent and the same, in Jeda, in Babylon. A constellation of ignited eyes that edged the ring of light all bound in a precarious truce before this torch whose brightness had set back the stars in their sockets.”

- Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy