Three questions

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Three questions

Post by Dreamweaver » 25 Oct 2014, 12:54

The Three Questions:

1) Given the market economy requires consumption in order to maintain demand for human employment and further economic growth as needed, is there a structural incentive to reduce resource use, biodiversity loss, the global pollution footprint and hence assist the ever-increasing need for improved ecological sustainability in the world today?

2) In an economic system where companies seek to limit their production costs (“cost efficiency”) in order to maximize profits and remain competitive against other producers, what structural incentive exists to keep human beings employed, in the wake of an emerging technological condition where the majority of jobs can now be done more cheaply and effectively by machine automation?

3) In an economic system which inherently generates class stratification and overall inequity, how can the effects of “Structural Violence” - a phenomenon noted by public health researchers to kill well over 18 million a year, generating a vast range of systemic detriments such as behavioral, emotional and physical disorders – be minimized or even removed as an effect?
Q1. Improving the world's ecology is often against the interests of the market economy. What incentives can be put in place to help business be more environmentally responsible?

Q2. Machine automation of jobs is rapidly outpacing opportunities for human employment. Newly created occupations only partly fill the gap. What's to be done?

Q3. Class inequality and low economic status is increasing. Can we manage the resulting behavioral, emotional and physical disorders?
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Re: Three questions

Post by godfather » 25 Oct 2014, 22:06

Three good questions and not easy to answer either.

1) In my opinion a tax on using uneconomical resources is a must. It could also be regulated by incentives for finding alternative methods for the process.

2) Automation is not the answer for every job, especially not in Australia. It seems that diversity in directions for employment needs to be considered.
I am thinking of converting Australia's unused interior to become a point in focus.

3) That should be rather simple if it was to be possible to spread the Australian wealth on a more equitable basis through revised taxation avenues or similar.


I don't know where the questions originated and/or what the overall purpose is. However, it should be seen as a 'kick in the backside' to restart our thinking process for after tomorrow!


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Re: Three questions

Post by Dreamweaver » 25 Oct 2014, 23:55

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Re: Three questions

Post by Dreamweaver » 25 Oct 2017, 15:48

They still hang around to bug us!
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Re: Three questions

Post by Perrorist » 25 Oct 2017, 20:46

You need a change of mindset, focusing on public good as opposed to private benefit. This is difficult to achieve because you're trying to implement a "new normal" when people are not aware of the need for it. Unless we somehow get a government that works with this as an objective, it won't happen. I'm very interested to see how Ardern gets on in NZ. She'll have considerable opposition from entrenched interests, but she could show how it can be made to work.

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