Recommended reading: Marc Levinson's "An Extraordinary Time - The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy" or my title: Why leaders try variations of the same thing and wonder why it fails every time. Link to Barnes and Nobel book store.

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The Greater the Automation the Greater the Need to Tax the Wealthy

Wealth, in the days of labor intensive manufacturing automatically circulated wealth to the consumer; Robots don't get paid and, therefore, don't consume.

The onl way to keep wealth in the consumers' hands is to tax the people making money off of robots. Otherwise even the robots will be out of work.