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The Americans With No Abilities Act
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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 10:36:06 AM »
The nasty kernel of truth in all of this is that a significant number of Americans are simply unfit - by virtue of genetics, education, training, or other reasons - to participate meaningfully in a modern high productive technological society.

Eventually (if Ray Kurzweil is right) we'll handle this with excess productivity directed at simply providing these folks with a subsidized standard of living that will eventually come to be seen as being as much a human right as the freedom to breathe.

This is generally called the Economy of Abundance, or the Post-Scarcity Economy.  I personally think such a development is inevitable. 

This would require an abundance of fundamental resources (matter, energy and intelligence), in conjunction with sophisticated automated systems capable of converting raw materials into finished goods.

Our ability to grow all three resource requirements, plus build those automated systems, is increasing at an exponential rate.
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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2013, 03:34:31 PM »
On the flip side, in the realm of the absurd, I saw one of those little sidebar, one paragraph items in my local dead tree paper that the Dept. of Education is formulating guidance to require schools to provide opportunities for "meaningful participation" in sports by kids with disabilities.

I'm not exactly sure how that's supposed to work.  Not many schools have all that many kids with that kind of problem who want to play sports.  So if they've got one kid in a wheelchair who wants to play, are they required so somehow create a wheelchair basketball team for him?  Or give him a spot on the regular team, even though he can't play within the normal rules?

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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2013, 08:38:26 PM »
Those with no abilities would become (unless they are totally self-deluded) quite depressed. I happened across a quote this week that explains how people can be happy in their work. 

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it." -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

Of course, we now have many non-able, self-deluded people employed - they're in the government.
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