The Nov. 9 Wonkblog excerpt “Labor force’s troubling decline continues” [Economy & Business] overlooked a critical point: We are at a transition equivalent to the development of agriculture. Technology has advanced to the point where only a fraction of the population needs to work to produce everything that we need. Just as it no longer made sense for most people to produce their own food once agriculture became established, it no longer makes sense for most people to support themselves. We should plan for a future in which most people don’t work.
In addition, the focus of the economy needs to shift from growth to sustainability. Because the economy is producing all we need, there is less reason to produce more — and a good reason not to. Growth for the sake of growth almost certainly will result in exceeding planetary limits and the collapse of civilization.
Bobby Baum, Bethesda