"As workers are replaced, the future will (almost literally) be owned by owners. Then even the owners will be disrupted. I foresee a great battle among tech barons looming as those who own machines and robots and are heavily taxed to keep the entitlements spigot flowing declare war on those who own software and algorithms and are hardly taxed at all."
Perhaps Howard Schultz and today’s Democratic Party are symptoms of the same condition. Both the billionaire and the party with a lot of billionaires want to restore an era, a politics, and a political culture that seem increasingly foreign with each new tweet from the White House.
The conditions for such staggering national power and prosperity were so naturally in place for “The Thirty Glorious Years” from 1946 to 1975 that it’s worth wondering if a bunch of chimps could’ve replaced the old American aristocracy and achieved similar success. (OK—let’s say a bunch of chimps and John von Neumann, probably the smartest man in the world at that time.)
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Here are a few analysis and prediction-heavy notes spinning out of what Democrats may eventually come to see as the most damaging event of this election cycle.