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David Brooks Leaves Out an Important Category In His Future Economy

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:27

David Brooks presented readers with an outline of the types of people who will exist in a future economy in which, by his assessment, 15 percent of the people will thrive as a result of being able to work with computers and the 85 percent will struggle. While his list includes synthesizers, humanizers, and motivators, it left out justifiers.

Justifiers are likely to be an important category of worker in high demand in an economy where 15 percent of the population thrive at the expense of the other 85 percent. They are likely to be especially important in a context where the wealth and prosperity of the 15 percent depends on government granted patents and copyright monopolies. Advocates of free markets and equality might advocate more efficient mechanisms for financing creativity and innovation.

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written by Last Mover, December 10, 2013 7:27


In a free market economy?

Aren't price signals supposed to be the ultimate motivator of decentralized factors of production to allocate scare resources efficiently?

What happened? Did free market competition and overall economic efficiency break down completely due to economic predation, so much so that motivators like the cheerleading idiots for the 1% Thomas Friedman and Robert Samuelson are necessary to get the economy moving again?
written by Alex Bollinger, December 10, 2013 8:41
You'd think David Brooks would have been more careful to include his own job.

He may just be very modest, though. Yes, he's a propagandist, but propagandists don't like to blow their own horns.
written by PeonInChief, December 10, 2013 11:25
And we might think a little bit about what would happen if the 85% just took a break, say, for a month or so. Let the innovators figure out how to get rid of the garbage or get served in a restaurant.

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