A meditation on 50,000,000 people Suddenly Un-EmployedSubmitted by OctoBox on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 18:14
What would that look like?
Would we "starve" like people in Africa?
No. Farmers, Supply Chains, and Grocery Stores would no longer be able to afford employees (if they wanted to get prices down) -- so, the excess labor pool would work-in-trade (that's what you do now anyway).
If we have food covered what about "entertainment" -- It's called reading, live theater, and Youtube.
Major movies might get scrapped -- however innovative uses for those movie theaters would pop-up. Low cost re-runs - Local movie production -- People would again volunteer (clean up - bring food)
If we have food and entertainment what about housing?
If 50,000,000 people became un-employeed the court system would not be able to handle all the refusal to vacate cases. Land-lords and banks would "innovate" -- Ask you to paint, do repairs, work on other properties.
What about gas -- would the pumps stop?
No -- You'd bater your skills for fuel (it's what you do now)
What about organic foods -- would our penniless pockets force us to buy conventional?
Nope -- When you barter with farmers (directly) and pick your own produce -- you'll think more about your food.
What about the IRS -- 50,000,000 un-employed means the elimination of IRS; how will they collect tax-revenue from 'battering society?'
What about all our debt -- they come and take our assets right?
No -- Debtors would get innovative and sell the debt to the farmers or whomever you are working closely with in trade. The debtors would get "credits" from these people they could later use as trade.
Seems like the only real thing that would change is the elimination of cheap goods (need things that last and require less repair) #1 and the elimination of the use of money (or at least in its current form) #2 and thus the elimination of the Fed Gov't and Fed Bank.
We'd learn to Smith our own steel and guns -- this would be a very valuable skill.
The causitive effect of 50,000,000 suddenly un-employed sounds like the after effect of targeted Counter-Economics.
See for yourself.
1) Buy Local Only
2) Hire under-the-table
3) Work more and more under-the-table
4) Buy Organic Only
Destorys IRS - Lobbying - Major Corporations
Ron Paul said power needs to be local.
Well this was fun -- Now you are convinced Ballot-Box-Stuffing is not the answer and we can move into SERIOUS Counter-Economics Strategization!!!