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David Dahlbacka

David Dahlbacka

  • I once heard a democratic socialist argue against UBI on the grounds that we find meaning in work. My response was, “You’re a college professor. That’s universally considered a meaningful job. How much meaning do people get from putting a bolt on a nut?”

    This was rhetorical, of course. I’ve dug ditches

    I once heard a democratic socialist argue against UBI on the grounds that we find meaning in work. My response was, “You’re a college professor. That’s universally considered a meaningful job. How much meaning do people get from putting a bolt on a nut?”

    This was rhetorical, of course. I’ve dug ditches on summer jobs and know the dour satisfaction of digging a ditch and digging it deep and digging it clean. But that was a summer job. I had other choices.

    Estimates are that 50% of jobs will be done by AI and robots. Some of us can be retrained, but many of us cannot. What will everybody else do?