Econo-feudalism in the works?

There’s no question that some will benefit greatly from the knowledge economy. But the idea that education will permit every laborer to transform himself into a productive knowledge worker is growing increasingly dubious, which means that a new form of economic quasi-feudalism may be more or less inevitable:

You can now watch the liquidation of the American Dream in real time. Any given week, the guts of a whole factory are auctioned off. Its contents are sold piece by piece and taken away for scrap or antiques or resale to foreign companies. Men with blowtorches and trucks haul off tool-and-die machines, aluminum siding, hoists, drinking fountains, salt and pepper shakers, anything that might be of some value. It is the removal of the country’s mechanical heart right before your eyes. It is breathtaking.

The reality is that most office workers are unnecessary, being inherently unproductive. Many are engaged in little more than transferring information from point A to point B, and will become redundant as information transfer technology continues to improve. Just to give one example, I have created a technology design that will render 95 percent of all university professors surplus to requirements; the only reason that they are required now is that the present means of information transfer at the universities still operate in a wildly outdated and inefficient manner due to the present limits of technology.

But what will the professors at every petty state and local university do when everyone around the world can attend the exactly the same course at Oxford with precisely the same – if not superior – level of quality presently being provided to those who attend college classes there? Obviously, those elite professors tapping into a much larger revenue stream will be much better off, as will Oxford University and I, being in control of the technology.

The rest of the universities and professors will not be better off and they will either have to find some other service to provide or go extinct. This is just one of many examples; as efficiency in information transfer improves, the information-tranferring employee will become as unnecessary as the craftsman became once the concept of the division of labor allowed unskilled workers to produce physical goods of similar quality in greater quantities at lower cost.

I suspect that recognition of this ongoing economic transformation may, in part, lie behind the unconcern of the elite with regards to demographic decline and their apparent determination to construct a new social structure that is more similar to the historical pyramid of many past societies.

Seeking a Third World electorate

This immigration idiocy isn’t exactly shocking:

While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday…. Opponents of legalization legislation were incredulous at the idea that Mr. Obama would take on immigration when economic pain for Americans is so widespread.

With unemployment rising and real wages still lower than 1973, it’s obviously the worst possible time to consider legitimizing and importing yet more unskilled, uncivilized Third Worlders. The idea sounds utterly mad to sane Western minds, but because Obama is a Third Worlder and not a Westerner himself, his dream inherited from his non-American father is to transform the twitching corpse of Western America into the same sort of barbaric Southern morass that exists throughout most of the non-European world, and from which he hails.

As you know, I was already certain that America was toast long before Obama got elected. However, his actions appear likely to increase the rate of decline as the country heads towards demise, and hopefully, devolution. This should be an interesting political battle, though, as it will be fascinating to see if having Obama on the Cherry Blossom Throne rather than Bush will cause the Republican elite to turn against the very migration they supported during the last amnesty attemptpush for immigration “reform”. And don’t forget, Republicans, it was first Reagan, then Bush, who did the advance work for Obama’s actions here.

It should be comical to learn what justification for importing more of these unwanted and unneeded masses is offered by Obama. I’m assuming he’s not dumb enough to come right out and declare that he requires a different electorate, but in light of his first two months, that’s not outside the realm of possibility. It’s not impossible that this could mark Obama’s inevitable HillaryCare moment.

UPDATE – In case you’re not completely convinced that the USA is beyond saving, consider the following poll results:

Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.

I’m sure importing and giving the right to vote to masses of Mexicans, South Americans, and Somalis, all of whom are well-accustomed to socialist rule, will drive that 53 percent figure into a minority before too long. And then it won’t take long to transform the former land of the free and the home of the brave into America the Third World Hellhole.

That effort to unseat Hussein is looking more and more worthwhile every day, isn’t it, Republicans?

New TIA edition

Just one example of why I enjoy the religion/atheism discourse:

VD: “This [move from “error theory” to “compartmental “theory”] hasn’t yet made its way down to the run-of-the-mill internet atheists, whose primary form of “debate” still consists of calling people stupid despite the fact that all of the available evidence demonstrates rather conclusively that the objects of their ridicule are, as a point of fact, rather more intelligent than the atheist himself.”

Skepdude: “Personally from what’ I’ve seen, atheist bloggers mainly go after specific behaviors rather than people.”

Skepdude’s commenter: “Vox Day is a complete idiot. Don’t even waste time or typing on him.”

I suppose this is the point where, if I was an atheist or a left-liberal, I would be expected to make use of that silly, self-aggrandizing, overused, and oft-unjustified metaphor: “the X, it burns”. But it doesn’t, you know, it’s just moderately amusing. Note that I didn’t refer solely to “atheist bloggers”, but rather “internet atheists”, which of course includes both commenters and bloggers.

Anyhow, enough about that. This would probably be as good time as any to inform you that TIA will be published in paperback next year in the USA, the UK, and a number of overseas markets. I don’t know which languages yet, but I’m most interested in seeing an Italian edition published, for obvious reasons. I plan to do a moderate revision of the structure, which, as many of you noted, takes about two chapters too long to get to the heart of the matter. I also hope to fill in some of the bits I feel I’ve missed and shore up any perceived weak spots. So, in order to accomplish the latter, I’d be most appreciative if the Ilk would remind me of any common atheist arguments I happened to miss in Chapter XIV, Occam’s Chainsaw. I already know that “Extraordinary Claims” and “Burden of Proof” need to be added, while the “Argument from Evidence” could use the inclusion of a dictionary definition or two, but if anything else needs to be there – or if any atheist reading this feels he’s got a particularly effective argument even if it doesn’t happen to be one of the common ones – just let me know.

I’ll have other requests as I go along with the revisions, but at this point, I’d just like to make sure that all of the relevant arguments are included. I should probably mention that I’m also writing that other book I’d previously mentioned, which will appear before the TIA paperback, so forgive me if I don’t always readily respond to your suggestions.