Goal: 100% Unemployment
Employment: Expoitation of labor for purposes of creating the most profit while paying workers as little as necessary. Or a nicer way to say it: Working to help someone else maximize their profit by benefitting off of your labor.
Corporate executive profit sharing or lower-level labor owning the means of production do not fit these categories and the use of the word “employment” becomes an abstraction of common word usage and is no longer “wage labor” as the product of labor is owned by the worker. In this context, the worker acts to forward a direct relationship with the product and not simply an abstraction of human commodity designed to enable low-level survivalism, disempowerment, and the relationship of the master/slave.
Add in advancements in industrial automation and systems where traditional labor becomes unnecessary, then inefficient labor cannot help but be reduced to slave wage levels or completely replaced by machines when technically feasible.
At some point, “employment” will be unnecessary for the majority of labor, but profit will still continue its desire to grow, but with a reduced labor force available to purchase products.
This is a natural end to our current state of industrial consumer capitalism. Where what is needed for survival and thriving can be produced without human labor exploitation, where buying goods resulting from selling our time to advance someone else’s agenda will no longer be necessary.
In any sufficiently advanced society, the ultimate unemployment goal ought to be to shoot for 100% unemployment. Where the motive to work or engage in labor has no connection with any form of a survival mentality. Where the liberation of human potential is prioritized over the accumulation of power. Not because of some pseudo-ethical human rights argument, but because it forwards human creative potential for everyone, and can be done sustainably.
Increasing human well-being is better not because it’s morally right, but because it creates a system that works better. Employment is not worse because it’s morally wrong, but because its power is defined by making the system unstable through creating massive power differentials.
100% employment is 100% subjugation to a system that is antithetical to any serious conception of human liberty. Real liberation is the result of the agency which comes from self-defined purpose and self-governance; where productivity is itself that which creates value and hence motive.
It’s not to say that this will happen at “some point”… This is happening now, all over the world. Jobs are and will continue to go away, and the masters will do everything they can to invent new ways to “employ” your servitude to keep their machine running. What’s becoming irrelevant is the system that requires labor; the system of power which defines the difference between those who have and those who don’t.
I know much of this isn’t new. But I’m sick of unemployment being used as a metric to define what makes a country or person successful.
About the author:
Glen Allan is a ridiculous person with thoughts and ideas which fly in the face of normal convention and challenge many assumptions about what people generally think of as reality.
He recognizes that many people will either disagree or claim the ideas to be founded in delusion, and only has to say that he'd like it if you could try to realize the world might not be what you think it is.