Unemployment is a problem because people in a modern society almost 100% of the time define who they are by their profession. So a person without a profession, has no way to define themselves in relation to their peers which can cause emotional problems. That is a problem.
People who are unemployed do not have an income, and thus have problems feeding themselves and their families which cause negative externalizes not on just the unemployed person, but others as well.
To be honest, I don't believe there's a system that "works". Life just doesn't work in a way you can achieve an ideal state of affairs and then leave it be for eternity. Life is dynamic, nature is chaotic, people come in all kinds of variations. Any social or economical system will appear, evolve, devolve and eventually crash. There's no common ground for a species of sentient individuals. I think any form of social order is a reflection of it's times, the environmental circumstances and a reaction to it's predecessor. Conservatism follows liberalism, frugality follows indulgence, liberty follows tyranny, etc.
Watch ''The Money Fix'' from here:
It's a pretty good documentary. The idea I was talking about is at the end (or at 2/3 of the documentary)
Capitalism is fine. Corporate Capitalism is a problem.
Perhaps one day we will have a Utopian society, where people work in jobs suited to their personal abilities not for monetary reward but for the good of society. There would be no money or financial systems at all, and the state would ensure everybody had a home and enough food to survive well.
I seriously doubt it though, because Humans in general are greedy, amoral, selfish, power hungry, intolerant and very resistant to change. We, as a species, are not civilized enough to achieve such a goal. Of course it is our greed and hunger for power that has propelled our society to its current level, and left unchecked it will either take us to the stars or destroy us.
Not that it really matters though, because whether it be in 10 years or 10 billion years the Human race will eventually die out and be forgotten. Nothing any of us ever achieves will last forever. Human existence is essentially worthless and ultimately not really worth the effort.
the big thing is no matter how good a system looks on paper as long as people run it there will be problems. Greed ruins any government no matter how good the intentions of those who founded it.
Tell them that the Lich King is dead...and the World of Warcraft...died with him.
Don't presume, and maybe you'll get an answer you can understand.
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Lemme ask you - why the hell do people get employed? why would they want that? what the hell drives them to go through this or that education so that they can get a job? Because they just like busting their assess off all day doing meaningless work? Nope, it's because of one simple reason:
If you don't get money in this society you can either start robbing the stores or starve to death.
That's the only reason people go to work. Without food, your lifespan is one week. In one week you have to eat something. Your whole life looks like that - each time you eat, you replenish your life for another few days. If you don't have that ability to feed yourself, you're done. If you steal, you get punished. If you ''work'' you get payed.
That's the sole imperative of why ''jobs'' exist in the first place, not because we simply need to have 160 million people sitting at desks answering phones all day long. You have voicemail for that. This also applies to every job that can be replaced by a computer. There is no need for a cashier at a shop if you can have it work like a vending machine.
And long story short - that's the reason why we have unemployment.
Technology advances, human labor becomes redundant, people are fired and stop getting money to eat, debts can't be payed by the individual or the state so the state can't hand out millions of free money to people and those whole system goes to hell. As I said, I will repeat:
The imperative for profit at all costs is the cause of unemployment. Let me explain:
It is in absolutely every possible employer/s interest to minimise expense and increase profit. What kind of insanity will stop him from erasing all the possible costs that come for hiring a human to do something when he can buy a machine once which need no food, no social security, no holidays, it's perfectly precise, never gets tired, and does a superior job to a human in every possible way?
What kind of insanity will stop him from getting that when the rule is simple - you either get profit, or you close down.
As I said, you can cite Economy rules all you want with those fairy tales, but there isn't a single Economy book/professor/professional that found the solution to this problem - the replacing of human labor by machines, which is by default in the employers best interest.
Last edited by Volta; 2012-05-14 at 04:54 PM.
Or do you mean the problems of businesses having rights and legal protection beyond their owners?