Seeing other countries start to discuss this problem makes me realize that automation and it’s…
Conor Philip

On the contrary — though you’re right that automation is not being discussed explicitly, I think these forces are the centerpiece of the 2016 campaign and the only way to explain its bizarreness. All the people whose livelihoods are on the 3 lower lines articulated in the Fed chart have seen far more financial insecurity in last 25 years than their parents, and they are furious. Sanders speaks to the moral aspect of the trends and pushes towards the European solution. Trump scapegoats minorities and immigrants and other nations, as if those inexorable trend lines were their fault, and promises fantastical reversals of the trends if he is given power. Those two candidacies are historically very unusual in the US, especially Trump’s, and it only is possible because of those employment trendlines — and the collective intuition that it is only going to get worse. As the growing violence of the Trump movement shows, we could fall into the abyss if we don’t get ahead of social dislocation. I don’t know if the answer is basic income, but we have to respond. Great piece.

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