@xnx38h there’s tons of work that actually needs to be done though. At least in America. There is a huge deficit of public works and public services. We could employ every single able person in the country with urgently necessary work if there was a will to.
@xnx38h I’m a bigger fan of full employment (including treating art, music, raising one’s own children, etc, etc. as paid labor, mutual aid in disabled and other communities) than paying able people to be idle. Workers have inherent political power that people on subsidies don’t have. Recipients of public charity have a hard time going on strike. And maybe it’s the Protestant in me, but I think that, given a suitable public-good definition of work, work is good for most folks.
But doing work for private profit less efficiently in order to boost numbers on purpose is dumb, I totally agree.