What happens when the purpose which God has given to man is taken away from him? When we consider the future of work in the light of automation, we learn quickly that disruptive capitalism begat automation and the daughter devoured the worker. Andrew Yang’s (presidential candidate) freedom dividend seeks to include people within the profits that companies make. This sounds similar, to the worker benefiting financially from the sale of the product he makes, rather than just receive a wage for his contribution. But since automation has already taken hold and will displace millions of workers, how can they share in the profit of something in which they contributed nothing? The answer is by being a consumer of those products. After all, the profits which companies make come from consumers of some kind, and was it not Henry Ford who said Robots don’t buy cars ! The “Freedom Dividend” seeks to give every American eighteen years and above one thousand dollars a month, not enough to live on but enough to create breathing space for millions of people, who couldn’t face a five hundred dollar surprise bill.
When a parent hands out money to their children so that they can buy their Father, brother, sister or another member of the family a gift, we think nothing of it, if we can give it. But then the day comes when they have earned their own money and with that money they are free to buy a present themselves for others. God provides for us, by enabling us to be able to provide for ourselves, and when we can’t, we know that we should not consider what we have as our own but common to all men. But this is only possible if you have something to give or at least share. What might we then see happen to a man psychologically, when he is given money like a child receiving a handout from their Mother? My purpose, is not to address Andrew Yang’s human centred capitalism and his clear understanding of the different circumstances in which people live and the challenges they face. Rather I simply seek others to consider the question, of what will happen to people when they can no longer measure their contribution (and perhaps even their worth as a person) as they are so use to by measuring it in terms of income. There is an available answer, but not one I feel people will easily find for themselves.