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Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 12:30 p.m. MDT

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sunamn, IN

To succeed in the ever evolving new brave world, have government compete, starting with the state run schools. Return parenting to the parents, one of the root causes of why there are problematic children.

Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

History repeating itself. See 4 Ne. Technology today is identical to the prosperity of the 0-300 AD described in the BoM. We're currently in the latter stages of that society. I guess cohesive societies only have a 200 year lifespan. We're using "prosperity" to create distance between us rather than uniting us. We are more connected than we've ever been ... a virtual society devoid of virtue and incapable of relating. It's not technology so much as it is human nature. Most who are active in these discussions I'm sure are aware of the esteem held by the "natural" man in the broader scheme of things.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I am taking my buggy whip to the trash can right now. No need for horses or people either for that matter.

Salt Lake City, UT

I know most of you are not familiar with Karl Marx's projections for capitalism, but for the sake of argument here goes: Capitalism becomes so efficient that the demand for labor gets less and less, leading to mass unemployment. At the same time, since profits only come from labor - labor is not compensated for all of the value it adds, the residual is surplus value. Surplus value is the source of most profits, but since the system needs less and less labor, profits will also collapse. The entire system collapses in a riot of unemployment and vanished profits. You may not believe it, but it is entirely plausible.

Dr. K
Salem, UT

Google "Luddite" before reading this article. The Industrial Revolution killed a lot of jobs. So did the arrival of the personal computer. Rinse and repeat. This article employs lots of words to say almost nothing. Let me summarize: Technology advances, killing off entire classes of jobs, and replaces them with a more expansive and growth-inducing set of technology-based jobs. Oh yeah, and the economy improves, as does everyone's standard of living.

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