When we hear that American worker productivity has risen, why don’t American workers celebrate? Possibly because it means there are less of them making good salaries and more of them unemployed. Productivity used to mean doing more with the same number of people; now it means doing the same with less and less people, but more and more machines. For businesses, people are risky. They get sick, take vacations and require other benefits. They may produce highly varying results. Machines are safer, cheaper, more consistent and never argue. I presume that those thrown out of work are immediately classified as lazy by Republican politicians and should either “Get a job!” or must just wait for more crumbs to fall from the Koch brother’s table.
This is a society of people. It should serve the needs of people. We’ve spent many years reducing the number of people employed, except in minimum wage jobs. Let’s spend the coming years increasing the number of people working in meaningful jobs, and using human labor rather than machines.