This all-encompassing feeling of lack of control is why when chronically underpaid service professionals like teachers or transport workers strike, there is an equally out-of-control discussion around the societal and economic value of these professionals.
How many different things can you find wrong with this paragraph of bullshit from a bit of geek commentary?
Look at the assumptions. First, that teachers or transport workers are “chronically underpaid.” In fact, that contention is an utter lie. Second is the notion that transport workers are “professionals.”
There is a pervasive and fallacious idea that the tech sector, which is SF’s Hollywood, is a meritocracy, which implies that individuals — by virtue or smarts or gumption — do control their place in it, and the world.
Progressives really, really, really hate the idea that individuals are sovereign and can exert significant and effective control over their own lives. Because they want the state to control your lives on the theory that you cannot do so – at least not nearly as well as the state can.
Not necessarily. What there is a lot of demand for is reasonably effective and dependable transportation to and from work. Most people don’t give a rat’s ass whether that demand is filled by overpaid, greedy, and belligerent BART “transit professionals,” or robots. On the whole, they’d probably prefer robots, if that meant an end to extortionate strikes.
Which is, of course, where the end point in these sorts of confrontations are heading. Progressives are essentially stupid, unimaginative people, unable to comprehend that the path to many of their most desired goals leads to unpleasantly unexpected outcomes: “BART workers should strike in order to keep their bloated wages increasing forever,” somehow ends up being, “Why have they replaced all these BART workers with machines?”
Enjoy the show, folks. It’s going to continue to get even more brutally funny.
Hey. Why aren’t you laughing?