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What Does a Future With No Jobs Look Like?

Justin Lee
Feb 20, 2018 · 12 min read
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We Are Living In An Unprecedented Age of Change & Progress

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The changes in outputs of key industries created a drastically different world
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Source: The Second Machine Age
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Source: The Second Machine Age
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  • Create a more progressive entrepreneurial environment by enabling people to take bigger risks in pursuing valuable work
  • Help reorder social expectations. At the moment, we treat employment as a choice — but UBI and NIT treat unemployment as a market failure, not an individual one. As more and more people face being phased out of their jobs by automation, reframing how we think about work is essential to maintaining social stability.
  • On top of UBI, another option is what Nobel Prize–winning conservative economist Milton Friedman termed as Negative Income Tax. Under the present tax law, we operate a Positive Income Tax, where a household is taxed on a Progressive Income Tax system above a certain cutoff point. Under a Negative Income Tax system, a person earning below the cutoff point will get a certain percentage of that difference from the government.

A future without jobs does not equal a future without work.

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  1. Grants that are only released to eligible consumers
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The Way Forward

As technology continues to progress, more traditional jobs will be threatened by automation. Any solution will involve government intervention to regulate the free-market conditions that create inequality in the first place.

  • Implement universal pre-K, with subsidies that phase out as incomes rise.
  • Raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation while raising the overtime salary threshold.


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Justin Lee

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Growth & Acquisition @HubSpot. In perpetual software update mode.

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