“Racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot,” Mr. Obama said. “If the economy is growing, everybody feels invested. Everybody feels as if we’re rolling in the same direction.”
Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?
But would there be more social justice? No, says Benjamin Friedman, a professor of economics at Harvard University, in “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth.” Friedman argues that economic growth is essential to “greater opportunity, tolerance of diversity, social mobility, commitment to fairness and dedication to democracy.” During times of expansion, he writes, nations tend to liberalize – increasing rights, reducing restrictions, expanding benefits for the needy. During times of stagnation, they veer toward authoritarianism. Economic growth not only raises living standards and makes liberal social policies possible, it causes people to be optimistic about the future, which improves human happiness. “It is simply not true that moral considerations argue wholly against economic growth,” Friedman contends. Instead, moral considerations argue that large-scale growth must continue at least for several generations, both in the West and the developing world.
Thomas Friedman at the New York Times envisions a future where we are providing services to one another on a micro-level such as car sharing and power tool renting and renting out our extra room. The liberals are shrieking at him, but he’s got a point. We’re not going to be able to live like Americans any more. We’re going to have to learn how to live like Third Worlders.
This is exactly what the John Birchers feared. But I believe that it is a misplaced fear. I have had people argue with me that if we don’t drive cars, we won’t be technologically complex. We’ll end up illiterate peasants with bad teeth if we can’t drive cars incessantly.
But it is being forced to drive incessantly which got us into this bad situation. It is living in an automatic cornucopia that has given the oligarchs granular power to micromanage our lives from afar and distort out culture and economy all to shit.
In the Thomas Friedman/Ayn Randian dystopia, the ordinary people will have control over their culture again. Automatic cornucopia allowed us to be immoral; to tolerate “scammers.” People don’t have to be responsible to one another as long as they can collect a check of some sort, and participate in the automatic cornucopia.
What if the checks stop coming, or if the automatic cornucopia has a hiccup? There will be hell to pay for being such a degenerate, amoral society, a judgement free zone.
The Judgement Free Zone of Special Snowflakes and Button Mashing Faggots is the Dystopia.