@minego Can you tell me more about the steam controller and what works well/badly with it? When I first read about it years ago, it seemed like people thought it was awful. Is this an update? Or is it just a lot better than they said?
@kiyote23 This is the kind of fantasy world I want to see. One where the characters have a sense of exploration and discovery. Maybe the world works based on potions and spells. But if so, the rules of the world would still be amenable to investigation.
@jnm The productivity argument for UBI is: - The workforce is currently productive enough to provide universal abundance. - Economic activity has reached decreased marginal returns (no need for yet more massive yachts) - UBI won't break the system
@jnm The other half of the argument is also bogus. A UBI might allow more people to pursue otherwise economically marginal activities that are still worthwhile (art). But it isn't going to somehow supercharge productivity of those who stay in the rat race.
@jnm So we already know that our economy works fine with 75% utilization (looked at in that perspective). So it would probably be fine from a macroeconomic perspective if it went down somewhat to 70% or 60% utilization. Maybe 10% is too small, though.
@jnm This is a pretty extreme claim. 90% seems very high. But keep in mind that 25% of prime age adults are out of the workforce right now already: https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/LREM25TTUSQ156N
@joeo10 Yes. Whenever I come across a site that blocks me for whatever reason (paywall, ad-block-blocker, etc.), I tend to just leave and never come back. I will never consent to look at ads. And if you want me to pay money, you have to give me a reason.
@mcdemarco Yes. I've read about these theories. I've also read speculation that some of this geopolitical history is driven by climate shifts either directly (good/bad harvests) or indirectly (changing range of disease-carrying animals/microbes).
@johngordon But the main point, that people in the middle of the income distribution are not being overtaxed by any means seems to be borne out by such graphs. There is no need for further tax cuts on the 'middle', and possibly a need for higher taxes.