I agree that in the short-term, increasing automation will cause problems, as I mentioned in the following paragraph:
Over the course of history, technological developments that save us time, effort, energy, and brain power make humanity better off. Automation removes the need to sit on an assembly line and tighten bolts all day. Sure, the bolt-tightener loses his job ( 😒 ), but the next generation of would-be bolt-tighteners go on to have more creative, more fulfilling jobs, and as a result, better lives.
The unfortunate state of the world IS that people are sitting around waiting for Donald Trump to be Jesus. They’re looking backward to some fictional, “once great” America and talking about bringing manufacturing jobs back. What we could be doing instead is looking forward at the economic reality that no manufacturing jobs will exist before long and we need to create a sustainable way to financially support and/or retrain those people.
The fact that we haven’t done that and/or don’t discuss it is why they’re waiting for Trump to be Jesus and save them in the first place. They don’t know what else to do.