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Aristarchus # Posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

@kjbaran, If you replaced humans for robots in labor, then you would be directly cutting out the vast majority of the consumer bases, and demand would fall. Your idea couldn’t work in capitalism because supply and demand is dependent on people working so they can consume. If you don’t work you can’t afford to consume. It would recquire collective ownership of the means of production to replace humans with robots, to split the products the robots produce among the people, since no one is working and no one could afford to buy the products the robots produce. An automated economy recquires a vast rethinking of the concept of commercial property, and economic relations. This is evidenced by the fact that we have had the technology to create an automated economy for a long time, yet there hasn’t been an economic motive to create an automated economy in all that time. It is because it is impossible in the current paradigm.