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I deserve UBI, and so do you. This occurred to me the other day while searching for the 4-digit code for the pineapple I was purchasing from my local grocery store.
Q: When did I become a checkout clerk?
A: Shortly after the job became automated.
A robot didn't steal the checkout clerk's job - not really. The robot distributes the checkout clerk's duties to the grocery store's customers. To you and me.
If that were my only unpaid part-time job, (1/n)
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maybe the time I spend weekly as a volunteer checkout clerk wouldn't amount to much. But that's not my only part-time unpaid job.
As an American taxpayer, it falls to me to be figure out how much to pay the State and Federal governments, with significant legal and financial penalties if I make a mistake.
Of course there are significant penalties if I make a mistake as a checkout clerk, too. A keystroke error could make a shoplifter of me.
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Those penalties pale in comparison to the consequences of my regular stint as a volunteer part-time gas station attendant. Not only do I absorb small amounts of toxins, but a lapse in attention could cause a toxic spill or even a fire.
Those aren't my only unpaid part-time gigs. I'm also a billing assistant, medical insurance clerk, patient advocate, purchasing agent, research assistant, and occasional travel agent.
But, wait! there's more!
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I'm also an admittedly slovenly maid, a pretty good cook, if I do say so myself, and the household's tech support, all unpaid.
The most important part of my unpaid labor is of course as an elder caregiver to my mother, and I'm learning a lot from this job.
Like she remembers early automated restaurants. She says you could see the kitchen staff putting the food in the little windows, but everyone pretended it was all automatic.
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Right now I need to take a break to do some of those jobs, but I promise to get back to this thread as soon as possible.
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We could use careful economic analysis to estimate how much unpaid labor we are performing. Some estimates are already being hotly debated and outright dismissed.
Or, we could engage in a general strike. The difference between the economic cost of the general strike and the amount normally paid in wages would help to indicate how much free labor we perform on behalf of corporate interests.