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Ilmarene
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Reducing the automation of jobs

Postby Ilmarene » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:46 pm

The General Assembly:
Recognising the great advancements in the fields of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence,
Understanding that many new technological advances could lead to the irrelevance of many human occupations and forms of labour,
Realizing that many of these new technologies will not create jobs sufficient to replace those they have made irrelevant,
Emphasizing with those who's line of work has been totally automated and have been left with no purpose in life and no means to support themselves or their families,
Further recognizing that over-automation of work leads to the concentration of wealth in a few individuals and thus boosts inequality,
Hereby mandates that All nations levy a 70% tax on all artificial machines which have displaced current jobs and use that money to:
1) Support the lives of those who have been displaced.
2) Create financial incentives for companies to use human workers.

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Bananaistan
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Postby Bananaistan » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:30 am

OOC: Category/strength?

Note GAR#17, clause 8. The WA cannot interfere with domestic taxation.

Also note GAR#344. Compliant member states will not just leave unemployed with no support.

IC: "Utterly opposed. This sort of measure would hold back human advancement. That some nations are piss poor at adequately sharing out their resources is no reason to attack sensible nations. And the central premise is wrong anyway - since the industrial revolution more and more jobs get automated, and more and more other jobs get created."
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Verdant Haven
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Postby Verdant Haven » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:12 am

You cannot regulate nations' taxation.

You cannot assume nations are capitalist and subject to wealth concentration.

You cannot assume a lack of social welfare and safety nets.

You should not assume work is a person's purpose in life, much less their only one.

You probably should not assume humans are the only ones that matter.

Basically, it sounds like this draft is based very much on an assumption that all the nations in the WA are some version of the modern real-world United States, which isn't going to go over well. Take a look through the FAQ and the drafting QA, and I'd suggest scanning through the current passed resolutions. It's very important to know what is presently in force, since new resolutions can't violate or contradict them. Also, consider the various options and government types in NS, since all of those government types are going to be represented here in the WA, with all the various social situations that result.
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Imperium Anglorum
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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:07 pm

Bananaistan wrote:"Utterly opposed. This sort of measure would hold back human advancement. That some nations are piss poor at adequately sharing out their resources is no reason to attack sensible nations. And the central premise is wrong anyway - since the industrial revolution more and more jobs get automated, and more and more other jobs get created."

This is correct. There is no reason to believe that automation will lead to the end of human labour. Comparative advantage continues to be a thing. Reducing the amount of human labour needed to produce something is almost definitionally productivity.

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