A PLAN FOR A POST–LABOR AMERICA
• Education reform. A popular misconception about the American ED-U-SYSTEM is that it is ‘broken.’ When in fact, it is quite good at what it was designed for; creating dependable laborers for Industry. Thanks to the schooling system, youth are trained very early in how they are expected to be useful in the “REAL WORLD.” The real purpose of public education consists of three courses: one in punctuality, one in obedience, and one in rote, repetitive work.
• Labor-based economy demands workers who show up on time, workers who will take orders from a management hierarchy without question and it demands men and women to slave away at machines or in offices. Rather than lament or ignore these facts we should look at this system as a necessary evil that has allowed us to develop ourselves to this present state of technological sophistication — actually paving the way for what comes next.
• The creative-based economy. The key is a government subsidized social networking website linked to your bank account. The consumer will pay you a fee (fee to be determined by you, the producer) to view your page, and a separate fee to buy your content. Additionally, all content submitted to the website will be licensed as “creative commons” (or applicable term) and by buying another producer’s content, you now have permission to sample their wares for your personal projects. And it’s collaboration, collaboration, collaboration all the way down. In order to help you make the most informed purchases the website will also give you suggestions on what profiles you will like based on your: past purchases, a rating system and those stupid little personality tests everyone loves.
Since labor-based jobs, that need the ‘training’ provided by the school system, are being outsourced to foreigners and fully automated mechanical laborers — a new economy and a new school system to support it are desperately needed. We need to create a school system that incorporates speed reading and memorization techniques directly into the curriculum. We also need a curriculum that develops the ARTISTIC RIGHT HEMISPHERE of the brain alongside the rational left. There’s still a lot of details to hammer out, but we can work on it together.
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