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I used to believe worries about technological displacement of workers and disruption of society were just the ramblings of ignorant luddites, then I started investigate their claims and I realized they had legitimate concerns. Conservatives need to carefully consider the effects of rapidly advancing robotic technology on families and other social institutions. There are a number of good books on this subject written by respected academics: Coming Apart, by Charles Murphy; The Light at the End of the Tunnel, by Martin Ford; Average is Over, by Tyler Cowen and other similarly themed books. The main concern is relatively straightforward: while mechanical muscles freed up human labor to engage in more mentally challenging pursuits, such as skilled trades, mechanical minds can complete the same tasks more efficiently and inexpensively enough to price most workers out of the market, leaving them without the ability to earn a living. What do we do in this new world where millions of people no longer have the ability to earn a living? In a world where machines can do everything better than you, what need is there for you? But it doesn’t matter what I think – I’m just some guy in the Internet. Watch the video, read the books yourself and see if you don’t come to similar conclusions. Remember, this isn’t just some hypnosis about something that might happen in the future; there are already hundreds of thousands of people who are unemployed and effectively unemployable today, and number is increases daily. This time it really is different.
This time it's different: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply
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Goodbye, Columbus

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:35 PM
If Columbus believed in the superiority of the Catholic faith, why didn’t he follow it? Catholicism has very strict rules on how to treat other people, with “thou shall not murder” at the top of the list. If you plan to rule in God’s name, you ought to follow God’s rules. Columbus was slime. Here’s a better role model for Western Civilization: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day It’s at the bottom of the page.
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Five Reasons Americans Can’t Find Jobs

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 02, 2014 3:07 PM
None of this matters if the information in this video is accurate: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply I could explain why I disagree with Mr. Morici, but there really isn't a need. Not anymore.
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The Campus Crusade for Comfort

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 6:47 PM
It's difficult to convince a man to live like a monk until the age of thirty.
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The Campus Crusade for Comfort

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 4:48 PM
These days Successful people tend to marry other successful people. If he gets into Harvard law school and she gets an internship in D.C., who gets to advance their career? Most young elites choose short term sexual relationships rather than lifelong commitments until they are established. This is the way things work these days. I'm not opining, I'm reporting. It's your job to convince them to change their ways. Remember, these are the folks that run the world, the ones who's rules you have to follow, because they hold power. Why should they care about what you think is God's opinion?
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The Campus Crusade for Comfort

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 11:28 AM
I respect your choice, but remember, the guys who run your school board, or the state board of education; the guys with real power who make the rules that you and I must obey, are the people who depended on the availability of contraceptives and abortions while they perused the education that helped them become part of the elite. Do you really believe that they’ll sit by and allow those things to be taken from their children?
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The Campus Crusade for Comfort

Thess2 Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 10:40 AM
Pro-life advocates will never make headway until they address the fundamental problem facing college aged adults: the need to delay marriage and family until they are secure in a career. Right now, if you want to succeed in a high salaried profession, you need to spend four years in college, then two to four years of additional education in law, medical, or graduate school. Once you’ve accomplished this, you must spend several additional years building a professional portfolio. Do you want to make partner at a prestigious law firm? Then plan on several years of 80+ hour work weeks. By the time a professional is ready to seriously consider starting a family, they are already in their late 20’s or early 30’s. Asking a professional to remain a virgin until they are ready for a family is unfeasible. This means sexual relationships outside of marriage, what you call fornication. Since birth control isn’t 100% effective, this means abortions. Since the individuals affected are often the children of high powered elite individuals, you’re not going to pass effective pro-life legislation over their objections. I have yet to encounter an effective pro-life strategy addressing this problem.
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