writes, "What we need is to eliminate the barriers — mostly imposed by the state — between our skills and effort and what we consume" — Why is the Party of Jefferson So Hamiltonian?
If we eliminated waste production (like the military-industrial complex, sprawl, planned obsolescence) and rents to privileged monopolists, we could probably produce our current standard of living on a 10-15 hour work week. Instead of resorting to expedients like paying people for the moral equivalent of digging holes and filling them back in, why not change the institutional structure so that we get the full fruits of our labor? Why not fully internalize the benefits of our increased productivity ourselves through a shorter work week, instead of letting a bunch of monopolists enclose them for rent?
Labels: America the Beautiful, Anarchism, The Dismal Science