It doesn't matter if you call it Cost Of Living Allowance, Minimum Guaranteed Income, Universal Basic Income, or anything else, the only reasonable way to go forward in a capitalist society is with simple currency-based redistribution of wealth.
There are not and will not be enough jobs to go around. A significantly-sized population is required to maintain the level of technological development, so killing off the masses is a non-starter which would impinge upon the lifestyles of the rich. Their basic needs have to be met somehow. They are going to have to be handed money, because if you don't, one of two things will happen, or both. One, they will die in the streets in droves. Two, they will show up with torches and pitchforks and really ruin all the spreadsheets.
We can forestall this future with public works projects, and honestly that is a good idea anyway, especially in the USA where infrastructure is crumbling. But we cannot do so indefinitely. The health of our economic systems is based on endless growth, and the only way for humanity to enjoy endless growth is to expand into space. We are decades behind where we could be in that area. We may, in fact, be too late. Rockets can never get enough humans off this mudball to make a difference, for reasons of physics, and we still don't know how to build a space elevator. We may well fail here, and never escape our gravity well (a handful of experiments aside.)
So we should tax robots that are designed to replace human workers? Other options result in wealth distribution, but that just kills the middle class. UBI or other euphemisms won't be providing a commanding income and certainly won't incentivize innovation or productivity. Perhaps a voluntary sterilization could be implemented in exchange for a significant boost to one's UBI credit so the population could be controlled a bit in a couple of generations.
Actually, these companies are lobbying to retain ownership rights to the items they sell you. This is a double whammy on the purchaser who no longer owns the object he bought, and can only use it as the seller wants. So you buy a screwdriver and need to pry up that board? Sorry, you cannot use your screwdriver that way.
Interesting, kinda like what the software industry has been ramming down our throats for years. I guess the tractor companies will embrace a subscription model soon, perhaps without the perks of upgrades. They shouldn't call it ownership without rights to repair or do anything else we want to with the darn tractors/cars/whatever. I have seen in the shade tree mechanic and hot rodding circles that the Japanese stuff is a lot nicer to work with because they haven't deliberately coded parts to each other and done other things to make working on their stuff absolutely miserable. I still buy American, but things like this tempt me to stop enabling their greedy and short sighted behavior.
Seriously, go fuck yourself. There's nothing, other than the law, that prevent other manufacturers from pulling the same shit. And that's the point, the law. So again go fuck yourself if you seriously think that JD is the only manufacturer that prevents people from repairing their own property.
Dude, if you're not a farmer that has been ripped off by John Deere, you're really taking this too seriously.
Actually there is a "correct" side, the side that says my coworker would not be dead if he meet the same type mentally deranged guy in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, China and most of Europe. If that had happened here my coworker would be in the office the next day with a broken nose and the other guy would be in court on an assault charge.
Mental illness and ignorance are key issues that DO need attention. Stop focusing on the particular weapon that was used, you hysterical fool. If he'd run over him with a car or used a knife, would it suddenly be okay with you? FFS.
Not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad. -- Rob Pike