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Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 1) 526

by sir-gold (#47413449) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

I went college for a technical degree, not a liberal arts degree, so I haven't had any courses on the subject at all.

I wasn't sure exactly which "94 million" you were referring to, and assumed you just meant all the people killed by the USSR in general.

Stalin might have have killed more people, but it was Lenin that started it all. That's why I called it Leninism.

Comment: Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (Score 4, Insightful) 526

by sir-gold (#47405511) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

There is no real communism...

True, there is no such thing as real communism yet.

and there never will be.

That's a pretty bold statement, especially considering that the industrial revolution (the thing that originally inspired the invention of communism) hasn't actually ended yet.

It's impossible to increase efficiency indefinitely without causing rampant unemployment at some point. Communism is a solution for a problem that hasn't quite happened yet (but it's silly to think it won't happen eventually).

Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 2) 526

by sir-gold (#47405473) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Basic income means that everyone lives at the same economic level, retirement accounts allow you to live at a higher economic level than everyone else, depending on how much you save.

Some people just aren't happy unless they are better-off than everyone else, no matter how comfortable the "average" might be.

Comment: Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (Score 4, Insightful) 526

by sir-gold (#47405385) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Maybe it will, maybe it won't. But unless there is some serious decline in technological progress, it's more likely that it WILL happen eventually, even if it doesn't happen in our lifetime.

This is the idea that drove Marx to come up with communism. He was there at the beginning of the industrial revolution, and he could see where mechanization would eventually lead. It just took a LOT longer than he was expecting, mostly because he didn't predict the invention of fast-food and starbucks which is the only thing that is currently keeping unemployment under control in the US.

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