How’s Your Kid Gonna Eat?

Back To The Future?

Back To The Future?

Forcing us to use less energy by raising its cost is American government policy and it’s the reverse of American history. Stopping to consider that our standard of living rests upon expanding technology, that in turn, rests upon an increasing use of energy, raises concerns about the ultimate result of current policy on how well Americans will live in future years.

Some surviving Americans recall washing clothes by hand, over a bumpy board in a tub of hot water, then hanging them outdoors to dry… a memory that also recalls the unique, comforting smell of freshly air-dried washing, something no home dryer has been able to reproduce. If nothing changes, it seems likely that the great-grandchildren of a lot of those survivors may learn to recognize that smell as energy costs render home laundry machinery to costly for many. That outside air, one recalls, is free…

There are other effects that will attract even more attention that can result from continuing these policies. We’ve been seeing traditional American manufacturing departing our shores for cheaper places for a while now; energy, labor and regulatory costs have played into foreign competition. Our agriculture, once the largest U.S. employer, has been mechanized to the point that it now employs fewer than 1% of the wage and salary earners in the country.  And those last resort for the unemployable fast food burger flippers are now facing new kitchen robots that may replace them.

Our politicians and their union partners are fighting successfully to maintain status-quo public education that turns out high numbers of minimally qualified proto-peons who, while decreasingly competent for the economy, are increasingly violent. The universities are turning out increasing numbers of failures-to-graduate and graduates with dumbed-down degrees, burdened with ridiculous student debts because the costs of these prostituted ‘educations’ have ballooned. .

None of this is my opinion; these are plain facts supported by government and other statistics. My single contribution to this is not an opinion, either; it’s a simple question:

The top of the I.Q. distribution and the progeny of those with money and influence will be fine I suppose, but:

What are the bulk of the coming generations going to do for a living?

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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8 Responses to How’s Your Kid Gonna Eat?

  1. NEO says:

    To put it bluntly, They aren’t. They’re going to freeze while they’re starving in the dark.

    I’m not sure we’re bringing enough competent people up to keep the wheels going, let alone support the useless ones. Sounds cruel, but it’s simple truth.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Yeah… and given the substantial percentages of apparently unproductive folk accumulating, will they allow the civil peace necessary for production by those capable of it? Will the government allow individuals sufficient freedom to remain productive? Have societal functions such as food, heat, transport, communications etc. become too fragile and complex to sustain an adequate mean time between failures? Got no answers…

      • NEO says:

        I don’t either, really, and that’s the problem. No answer in this field is really a ‘No’ answer. I don’t see enough productive people coming along, mostly people that spend the effort that would make it work, they spend that effort making excuses to not work.

        But maybe reality will break out, it’s at least possible, that’s why I’ve quit PC Cold turkey, it’s counter-productive.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        I think reality is about to break out, sure enough…

      • NEO says:

        I know, and it scares me…

  2. James Teague says:

    Clothes lines are banned in many communities. Too unsightly.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      I don’t know about unsightly… a lot of the stuff girls apparently wear these days is damn near invisible! Maybe it will occur in stages… only communal laundries for multi-unit buildings, smaller Euro-sized machines for homes, then laws specifying location and design for drying racks and clotheslines. I can see the dialogue at a local city council meeting about a packet of such laws making a pretty funny play…

  3. 1createblogs says:

    thanks ! nice post!

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