Opinion: More than 50 arrested at Los Angeles protest over Wal-Mart wages ex Reuters – John Gelmini

Dr Alf raises a pertinent and interesting question but the answer is not just about bosses, it is about a fundamental change in workplaces that is causing shock waves around the world, and to which most politicians have no answer.

Automation, robots, expert systems, automated agents and automated processes are doing away with the need for car assembly workers, sewing machinists and, in Japan, care assistants, car parking attendants, supermarket managers (now one human manager can manage up to 10 supermarkets), checkout girls (all robots), industrial cleaners and people stitching car seats.

Surgeons, lawyers and structural engineers are being assisted by expert systems which effectively contain details of best practice methods that it would be impossible for one person to remember.

The Pentagon uses a computer system called Wisdom Warfare to simulate wars which enables Generals to simulate the war using the techniques of dead Generals, ranging from Hannibal at Cannae through to Sun Tzu, Napoleon, Patton, MacArthur, Vespasian, Alexander the Great (he invented the “Hammer and Anvil” technique still used today) Clausewitz, Zhukov, Bull Halsey etc

The battle can then be “war-gamed” using one General’s techniques or a combination to create a perfect strategy.

In China, Terry Gou has replaced 1.1 million I-Pod assembly workers with 1 million robots who will presumably not commit suicide, fall ill, demand wage increases or cause him trouble or embarrassment as his workers did when Steve Jobs was alive.

GPs are seeing more of their work done by nurse practitioners and 3D printers now make individualized manufacturing a real possibility.

Pagination in the golden era of Rupert Murdoch enabled him to break the Print Unions and eliminate typesetters, move to Wapping, buy Fox in America and become a Hollywood mogul.

Mondi, a German ladies fashion house, is able through automated manufacturing to produce perfectly manufactured clothing with 17 style changes a year and the Pentagon and DARPA plan to have emptied the battlefield of soldiers by 2030 and replace them all with fighting and storming robots, space based weapons, ultra low-frequency sound guns, pilot-less planes, and weather warfare systems in Alaska, Antarctica, Guam and mobile platforms all controlled from America.

Eventually “self replicating machines”, as envisaged by Alfred E Neumann, who was the inspiration for the MAD comic strip, will build roads, houses, offices and almost everything else.

Bosses during this interim period will get rid of people and benefit from the extra profits that arise which will destroy jobs faster than they can be created.

Eventually, very few people will be required to do anything, so the question then are:

  1. What to do with them all?
  2. How are they to be supported, and
  3. Where will the purchasing power come from? [robots do not have bank accounts and do not spend].

Long before we reach this point, profits are going to have to be shared out more equitably, or someone will have to make a decision about what to do about the displaced non economically contributing people.

The solution that is favored by Agenda 21 and Professor John Holdren, President Obama’s Chief Scientific Advisor is population reduction of 6 billion people, something far more ambitious than anything contemplated date [Hitler (6 million Jews ) plus total casualties for World War 2 , 50 million people, Stalin (66 million Christians), Mao Tse Tung (70 million people in China), Pol Pot (3 million Cambodians)].

Henry Kissinger talks about a “cull of useless eaters”, Sir David Attenborough CEO of the Optimum Population Trust sees human beings as a “Plague on the face of the earth” and Prince Philip claims to want to return to the earth as a “deadly virus” because the “Biggest environmental problem is people”.

Bill and Melinda Gates are more circumspect and would like to vaccinate people in the 3rd world so that the populations fell over a longer period to a total of 1 billion people as envisaged by Malthus in his day.

To achieve this, new unknown viruses are being developed in Fort Detrick and Porton Down capable of singling out people by ethnic origin and killing off people in the most populous countries.

Of course, this is madness because viruses can mutate and thus eliminate people drawn from a much wider section of humanity.

The Walmart riots are the harbinger of much more to come, unless these bigger questions are answered and greater equity prevails.

John Gelmini

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The 2008 financial crash, Google’s tax evasion and the elimination of the traditional middle class – John Gelmini

Middle class

Middle class (Photo credit: VLKR)

The short answer to Dr Alf’s question must be an emphatic “No!” For those that did not see the earlier blog Dr Alf asked in an open question:

Do you think that the middle classes will ever be the same post 2008?

This was  in response to two detailed blogs reflecting on Google’s tax evasion strategies. Firstly, Dr Alf reblogged a  highly read, FT article, entitled “‘Dutch sandwich’ grows as Google shifts €8.8bn to Bermuda “. Subsequently, Dr Alf reblogged my opinion and his own reflections, in response to myself.

Let me focus on Dr Alf’s question about the middle class. The upper middle classes, such as lawyers engaged in cross border legal transactions, accountancy partners and business-people with inherited wealth or a niche will prosper. The rest of the middle classes will suffer from dys-intermediation, via the internet, and more and more legislation to curb the power of cartels, plus the advance of expert systems and robotics.

Thus family doctors will be squeezed due to the advancement of “nurse practitioners”;  hospital consultants can expect to be replaced by robots and expert systems; airline pilots and fighter pilots will be replaced by robots and drones; Army Officers will be reduced in number as men under their command are replaced with robots and self replicating machines.

This is only the beginning because once Artificial intelligence takes hold, much of manufacturing can be automated as has happened with iPhone production in Terry Gou‘s Foxconn factories, where 1.1 million Chinese assembly workers have been replaced with 1 million robots.

The robots do not require foremen, charge hands, works managers, production directors and the middle managers that are in evidence today.

Automated dashboards do away with the need for layered management structures sitting between executives formulating policy and those doing the work, which is why the old style Captain Mainwaring type bank managers have disappeared and been replaced by angry young men with credit scoring systems. They too will be replaced by fully automated systems thus we will end up with a Brave New World style society with an elite at the top paying no taxes and living in gated communities in different locations, a small group of executives and futurists to advise and pander to them and the “Great Unwashed” at the bottom whose lives will be nasty brutish and short.

Dr Alf and others may say that this is “Conspiracy Theory” but a look at Agenda 21 and the widening gap between the super wealthy and those at the bottom shows us what is happening year after year after year and happening at ever-increasing speed.

If one looks at environmental taxes, they bear down hardest on the poorest, the same is true of food shortages and energy.

With transfer payments to the poorest coming from what is left of the middle classes, the rich pay just whatever tax they like, the poor have no money so those in the middle are squeezed with increasing severity and without respite.

The middle classes are a bit like seals being herded into a watery cul-de-sac and then bludgeoned to death in an annual cull, but lulled into a false sense of security by politicians who are too powerless and scared to help them.  The politicians dream of salvation from outside of themselves, when the solution, albeit difficult to execute, lies in their hands.

So in summary, I envision the increased prosperity of the upper-middle classes, with the rest of the traditional middle classes being continually squeezed by technology, political leaders and their sponsors.

Let me turn this to a  revised open question:

Apart from the increased prosperity of the upper-middle classes, surely the rest of the traditional middle classes will being continually squeezed by technology, political leaders and their sponsors until their effective elimination?

John Gelmini

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