Lots of back and forth about unemployment.
I’m not going to respond any further because it’s clear we’re talking past one another, and this is already dangerously close to a disagreement on the Internet, which is a waste of time for all parties involved. Sufficed to say, please ask any economics professor if your statements about unemployment are correct and realistically implementable as they stand. Those are the only statements I am talking about, the ones in the public eye. The ones that got promoted in the #politics tag.
Now, this is something that took me many years of lobbying to realize (despite how obvious it is), so please think about it as you continue to be engaged in policy and politics: There are two layers to any system of lawmaking. The first is the policy layer, i.e. can the proposal actually do what it sets out to accomplish? The second is the political layer, i.e. can the proposal pass all required legislative, executive and judicial bodies and become a long-standing law?
Your suggestions and examples may or may not pass the first layer. They certainly do not pass the second layer at this time. And that sucks, it really does. But as much as we rail against this second layer, it doesn’t change the fact that it exists, and anything to be considered “realistic” needs to be able to pass both layers within a measurable timeframe.
I’ve already gotten a few notes asking why I am “wasting” my time with this, but it isn’t a waste. Because there are a lot of thought leaders and young and full-of-potential progressives who are spending a lot of time and effort on proposals that only pass one of those two layers, and all the resources involved have produced what, exactly? I don’t see any co-ops toppling the capitalist system. I don’t see any communes supplanting the free market. Meanwhile, I do see congressmen using terms like “legitimate rape” and are still in the lead against incumbent senators.
Yes, I’d love to see a world where there are no zero marginal product workers. Yes, I’d love to see successful and sustainable re-education systems in place to help with generational shifts in skill demands. And yes, I’d love to see a world where people do not hunger. But waiting at the destination while the rest of us carry the burden of getting the group there does not help.