In Barbell Logic podcast number 228 at 25:48 I called for the abolition of corporate person-hood. In that show, I stated that getting rid of corporate person-hood would probably mean that we would have fewer technological products available to us, no air travel, no iPhones, or other risky technological products. As usual I received push back from some listeners for that stance. People love their gadgets
I stand by my comment.. Except for a VERY small number of technological advancements, like the use of fire, writing, vaccines, etc, technology does not improve human life on net.
I contend that beyond a very limited list of technologies like the above, and antibiotics, technological advancements have not improved human quality of life at all. We have not had “better living through science.” Every day we still must work a more than full work day for the things we need, that has not changed a bit as a result of technology. In fact, the demands on our limited time and resources has only increased.
Wages in the United States have been flat since the 1970s. By itself this wouldn’t be a big problem if we didn’t have greater and greater non inflationary demands upon those wages. In 1975 the median household income allowed one person to work, the family to buy a home, and an automobile. Families could afford to have children. There was no cable TV bill, no cell phone bill, no smart phones for all the kids, no personal computers to buy, no Internet service to purchase, etc. We were able to love each other, live our lives, fight off infection with antibiotics and vaccines and die after our three score and 10.
Wages have been mostly flat since then, but now in order to participate “fully in society” we’re expected to buy so much more. Life expectancies have increased since 1975, (about six years) but the amount of time it takes to make the SAME Money has increased as well. We are being left with less life dedicated to non-economic activity. We have to work harder and harder just to buy the technology that supposedly makes our lives better.
Would you like to live to 100 if you had to be in debt for an extra 25 years and work in the cubical until you were 85? Is that a good trade? Not for me.
If we have to work more and more just obtain the technology that supposedly makes our lives better, is our life better? Or, would it be better if we had stopped with good antibiotics, vaccines and an agrarian culture?
Today, work is alienating. We still trade our work for wages, then trade the wages for food, shelter, and other goods. I say let’s spend our time obtaining the food to start with, kick out the intermediaries and align our personal interest directly with obtaining the resources we need. Let’s get rid of the alienating corporate workplace.
And let’s not forget that we’re all gonna die one day anyway. All of this technological machination, the internet, this blog on the internet, your smartphone, all the TPS reports you file, etc. are just distractions from the fact that what little is left of life is going to be too short.
Let’s forgo all this innovation. If we can’t forgo it, let’s at least not worship it as categorically good. I say it’s not a good innovation if it doesn’t leave us with more free time to spend in relationship with the people we care about.
It’s all been bullshit since antibiotics anyway.