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Beware of Mechanisation

17 March 2014, 10:03
With all the labour unrest going on, industry is threatening more and more with replacing humans with machines. Industry including agriculture. It makes business sense, but not too much common sense.
We live in a country with a large unemployed population, especially in terms of unskilled people. If even more people end up losing employment, we will end up with anarchy. The problem is we already spend a huge amount on welfare. More unemployment will result in more welfare required. At a point we will be unable to afford it. We also need money for healthcare, education, environmental protection, etc etc. 
So the threat of mechanisation is a self defeating threat. The system will collapse, we need to use people and not machines in a country like ours. The problem is the abuse by trade unions of their members, making them demand unsustainable wages. The problem also lies with employers, whose top execs are simply too greedy as well. We have a population that is indoctrinated that freedom means everything for nothing, the current rulers use this to manipulate their supporters, even though it is starting to backfire on them badly.
We need to be like the Eastern countries. Common sense prevails, they employ people, at much lower wages, but nonetheless they work and in return are rewarded with a wage that can feed them. They are disciplined and enforce discipline, so the masses understand they will never all drive BMW's and own big houses. To achieve those material demands, hard work (and clever work) are required.
An example is the nut cracking industry in Vietnam. (Macadamian) The factories are huge buildings filled with thousands of people cracking nuts manually. The Australians send many nuts in shell to Vietnam to be cracked. In Australia the cracking facilities are highly mechanised, employing few in comparison to Vietnam. Even with low employment, they still battle to compete with the costs of Vietnamese cracking. Result, less employment in Aus, lots of Vietnamese "earning" a living instead of sponging. The entire Kenyan crop used to go to the East for cracking, resulting in all their cracking plants closing down. They have now banned the practice, and the factories are open again.
A welfare state also creates low self esteem in its people. In the UK, a portion of the population has become useless. (The dolers) They continue to multiply, even having more children than the tax paying employed population. This is due to generous child grants, which are used as a free source of income rather than to raise children. Its quite revolting really, breeding just for financial gain. And the less people do the more useless they become. There are many of them and they will vote for the system which keeps them in their "money for no effort" situation. Eventual result is deteriorating public health, education, etc as the leeches drain the coffers.
Many Western businesses now outsource anything requiring "cheap" labour to the East. The East are the ones who will win in the end. Welfare states are doomed for failure unless intense discipline is maintained. (Like Sweden) In that regard I think we'll all admit South Africa is a dismal failure, there is so little pride and work ethic in this country now, I don't know if it will ever recover. Just look at the litter on the roadsides, and you can judge the general mindset of Saffers.
So, coming back to mechanisation. We cannot afford it. The unemployment as a result, will lead the country to collapse. Business, Unions, Government, need to work out a different path for success. Government needs to teach the people of this country to develop pride and a work ethic. Unions need to stop playing with the futures of their members with politically motivated ludicrous demands. Business needs to be less greedy. I wish them well.

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