Saturday, December 3, 2022

Links regarding Russia/Ukraine and alleged war crimes

Mass graves filled by Ukraine's fascist Tornado Battalion are uncovered from 2015.

From 2016, a top Ukrainian lawmaker discusses the Tornado Battalion's rape of many, including a baby.  The evidence is phone recorded videos.  After their conviction and imprisonment Zelensky had them released to fight Russia.

Russians accused of using Viagra to rape women.  UN official that espouses this claim has no evidential basis for it and doesn't care.  More baseless rape allegations lead to firing of Ukrainian official.

Just prior to Ukraine's entry into Bucha we have a video of Ukrainians killing civilians aligned with Russia as signified by the white arm bands  This is a few miles from Bucha.  In Bucha after Ukraine enters a city they announce a cleansing operation of what they call Russian saboteurs and accomplices.  Many of the executed have white arm bands or have hands tied with a white cloth that may have been their arm band (see here).  A Ukrainian military leader is reported to have posted a video (link within this article) where a soldier asks if it is OK to shoot people without the blue arm band.  The blue band signifies alliance with Ukraine.  The response is yes.  The NY Times publishes satellite images showing bodies in the streets prior to the Russian withdrawal.  The Guardian publishes evidence that people were killed with cluster munitions, which they attribute to Russia.  Russia had complete control of the city at the time, so it's not explained why they would be shelling their own city.  The article points out that though they are not banned by international law human rights groups have sought to ban them.  We know Ukraine uses these kinds of munitions.  In this video Scott Ritter claims that Ukraine showed the rounds that were used to fire the flechettes and it turns out they were 120 mm rounds which Russia doesn't use but Ukraine does.  Many months after the claims attributing this crime to Russia are made PBS does a piece on the crime and still doesn't have good evidence.

AP reports a Russian attack on Poland based on "anonymous sources".  This has potential to spark WWIII.  The claim is later admitted to be false.

An attack on a residential building in Kramatorsk is blamed on Russia.  Later it is recognized that the missile came from Ukraine.

When Ukrainians take control of a city they say that they hunt down what they see as collaborators and shoot them like pigs.

Russian POWs beaten and shot in the legs.

Here 3 Russian POWs forced to their knees where they are executed.

Open swastika display in Ukrainian mall.

Ukrainian soldiers have a trembling man in a makeshift coffin.  I did read reports that the coffin was burned with the man inside.

Several Russian soldiers ordered to lie on their stomach, they are executed with head shots.

Ukrainian fascist Maksym Zhorin publishes a video showing bodies of civilians being dumped into a mass graveHe later implied that Russia was responsible after deleting it from his Telegram channel.

A collection of western headlines about Ukraine's Nazi problem prior to February, now being downplayed to manufacture American consent for our support of the same people.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Some Links Related to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

21 November 2013 - a large protest within Kyiv erupts due to unhappiness with the decision to align more with Russia than western Europe.

4 February 2014 - a phone call between Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt is leaked to Youtube.  In this call Nuland expresses a preference that Arseney Yatsenyuk be installed as Prime Minister in the post Yanukovych government.

20 February 2014 - a massacre of dozens of protesters occurs and is soon attributed to the police forces of Yanukovych.  A detailed study was later conducted and published by Ivan Katchonovski that purports to show that the victims were killed by anti-government pro-Maidan supporters (full paper here) as part of a false flag operation.  Video description of what happened here.

22 February 2014 - Yanukovych flees to Donetsk, later to Russia.

27 February 2014 - Yatsenyuk is installed as Prime Minister.

16 March 2014 - in Crimea a referendum is held to be absorbed by Russia.  It passes with more than 95% support.  It is roundly condemned in the west as a sham, though subsequent polling from a German research company showed that one year later the support for the referendum remained extremely high, comparable to the rate of support indicated in the referendum.

2 May 2014 - Right wing Ukrainian elements burn dozens of anti-Maidan protesters alive by setting fire to the Trade Unions Hall in Odessa, which is part of eastern Ukraine that is predominantly Russian.

5 May 2014 - the Azov Battalion is formed.  They are a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine that adheres to Nazi ideology.  They would play the key role in the Ukrainian war effort in Donbass.  They were incorporated into the formal Ukrainian military in November 2014.  Nazi elements in Ukraine would later be downplayed in western sources like it is fake Russian propaganda, but it was widely discussed prior to February 2022, for instance here, here, here.

12 February 2015 - the Minsk II agreements are signed, which provide a framework for peace in Ukraine.  The Donbass regions would remain part of Ukraine but would be granted some autonomy.

25 September 2015 - video is released of international relations expert John Mearsheimer shockingly accurately predicting the future of Ukraine.

14 July 2016 - UN news report discusses the release of a UN study documenting widespread killings by Ukrainian forces in Donbass of civilians mostly due to indiscriminate shelling of residential areas.

30 December 2016 - Senators Lindsay Graham, John McCain, and Amy Klobuchar meet with Ukrainian troops where Graham declares "Your fight is our fight.  2017 will be the year of offense.  All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia.  Enough of a Russian aggression.  It is time for them to pay a heavier price.  Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery, and make the case against Putin to the world."

28 July 2017 - Documentary starring Oliver Stone, Ukraine on Fire, is released that makes the case that the Euromaidan protests were exploited by members of the US government to orchestrate a coup and compel Ukraine to embrace the neoliberal economic aid package preferred by the US.  In 2019 a follow up documentary, Revealing Ukraine, was released that discussed more evidence related to the coup.  George Friedman, director of Stratfor, would call it the most blatant coup in history.  Ray McGovern says the same.

24 April 2019 - the Pentagon commissioned report Overextending and Off Balancing Russia is released by the Rand Corporation.  It proposes providing lethal aid to Ukraine, but warns that this could provoke a Russian invasion.  The lethal aid was subsequently provided.

20 May 2019 - Zelensky assumes office as president, having been elected on a peace with Russia platform.  He is immediately threatened with death by extremist right wingers if he attempts to pursue this path and is forced to back down.

4 December 2021 - the Biden administration says Russia will invade Ukraine in early 2022.

9 December 2021 - Scott Ritter does not believe Russia will invade.

18 December 2021 - Moscow warns that it may escalate if its concerns about NATO expansion into Ukraine are not addressed.

5 January 2022 - Colonel Douglas MacGregor believes Russia will invade, to the surprise of Aaron Mate, who is among my most admired journalists.

5 February 2022 - leader of a Ukrainian neo-Nazi organizations says were it not for the Nazis Maidan would have been a gay pride parade.

15 February 2022 - Russian representatives angrily deny any intention to invade Ukraine.

18 February 2022 - Moscow expresses alarm at sudden increase in shelling of Donbass by Ukraine and criticizes the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OCSC) for glossing over it.

21 Feb 2022 - Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris of the Duran seem skeptical of an invasion, but discuss how the renewed and more intense Ukrainian offensive that is getting underway in Donbass may punch through defensive lines and this could affect Moscow's current intentions.

16-22 February 2022 - the OCSE is recording the surge in shelling of Donbass that Moscow had raised.

24 February 2022 - Russia launches what they call a Special Military Operation.

11 March 2022 - the Pentagon releases a fact sheet describing the biological research facilities it funds in Ukraine, claiming that it is for peaceful purposes.  Despite their peaceful nature Victoria Nuland is very concerned the Russians will gain control of these facilities.

28 March 2022 - the Washington Post admits that Ukrainian forces are using civilian areas as a staging ground, undermining any future claim that Russia has committed war crimes by attacking civilian areas.

Early April 2022 - Russian and Ukrainian negotiators tentatively agree on a peace deal during meetings in Istanbul.

9 April 2022 - Boris Johnson arrives in Kyiv and pressures Zelensky to stop negotiating.

June 2022 - Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko admits that the Minsk agreement was used as a distraction to buy time to build his military.  Interesting leaked audio from Silvio Berlusconi reveals he blames Ukraine for this war and their unwillingness to abide by the terms of the peace agreement they signed.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Lab Leak?

Nathan Rich has some great videos explaining the Fort Detrick lab leak theory, see here, here, and here.  I want to capture some of the sources for my reference.

In June of 2019 the CDC audited Fort Detrick.  They subsequently issued a report detailing their findings.  The report indicates 2 breaches of toxins occurred.

The below excerpt indicates improper containment in ABSL rooms, the "A" designates it as room where animals are housed and studied.  There was risk that contaminated air from this room could expose people without respiratory protection outside of the room.

This section discusses improper waste disposal coming from the animal test room.  The room includes NHPs, which stands for Non Human Primates.

On June 30, 2019, a respiratory illness led to the death of 3 people and sickness of 63 people including staff at a senior living center located about 60 miles from Ft Detrick.  The cause could not be identified.  Story from ABC News here.

July 2019, a second assisted living facility is reporting 25 cases of a mystery respiratory illness.  This is about 54 miles from Fort Detrick.

On July 18, 2019 Fort Detrick is shut down.

August 1, 2019 marks the start of a surprise outbreak of vaping related illness with symptoms quite similar to covid.  It hits men harder, as does covid.

September 2019, blood samples from Italians are drawn and subsequently test positive for Covid antibodies.  These are the earliest human samples that have tested positive for Covid.

October 18-27, 2019, a multi-sport competitive event called the World Military Games is held in Wuhan, China.  Many US military personnel are reporting that they were sick with Covid like symptoms.  A French athlete has been told by doctors that she likely had Covid.  She reports that many others seemed sick.  They were not tested and many athletes have been directed not to speak to the media.

November 2019, US intelligence warns Trump, NATO, and Israel about the coronavirus outbreak occurring in China.  This is weeks before anyone had presented themselves at a hospital in China for Covid.

December 10, 2019, Wei Guixian, a shrimp vendor in Wuhan, developed what she thought was a cold and went to a clinic for treatment.  The treatment was not effective and she returned to a hospital.  She was informed that others had been to the hospital with similar symptoms.  She is the first identifiable person infected in China as far as I know.

December 13, 2019 through January 17, 2020 blood samples are collected in the US which would later be tested for Covid antibodies.  1.4% would test positive.  Extrapolating this % to the full US population suggests 4.7M people had Covid antibodies at this time.

January 13, 2020, 2 days before China had awareness that Covid was human to human transmissible, the Moderna vaccine is already developed.

Note: May update occasionally as new information comes to light.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

At least victims of US violence aren't Americans

Capitalism in the US produces a lot of corpses, just as British capitalism did before it.  But I've literally encountered this argument myself and also seen it in debates.  Defenders of US capitalism, with it's 800 military bases, funding of death squads that do such things as smash children to death against rocks, torture programs around the world like the Phoenix Program where people are raped using eels, at least we're only killing Vietnamese or Colombians or Syrians.  It's not like Stalin and Mao who had it in for their own people for some reason.

It's a strange argument to my ears and I do wonder if some people just don't feel empathy in an ordinary way, but I want to address it in any case.  For the moment I want to set Stalin and Mao aside, except to say that for me while I accept that there were major problems and millions dead this doesn't mean we should accept the full western characterization of the situation blindly.  But why is it that US violence doesn't target Americans?  Is this due to some sort of benevolence?  Lenin has an excerpt from his work "Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism" that sheds light.  In it he recounts a story from Cecil Rhodes, well known for the Rhodes Scholarship program.  He was a vicious imperialist and mass murderer.  He explained what prompted him to advance imperial adventures.

It's true that US imperialism does not target US citizens.  But this is not due to benevolence.  This is because it is necessary to have stability at home and stave off civil war by placating the population.  Imperialism allows the acquisition of new markets as well as cheap labor and resources.  These can be used to provide an OK life for the home population and therefore the home population will not disrupt the system.  The exploited countries will of course be chaos.  We'll have to have death squads killing children and raping women.  But chaos there is not really a threat to the system at home.

But this is only for capitalism in the imperial stage.  The earlier stages of capitalism could be very violent to natives.  The stage of primitive accumulation, which is the earliest stage, was characterized by extermination of Native Americans and slavery.  That's what was needed to advance the profits at that time.  Today the US is imperialist, but there are signs that this is waning.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Debunking the Pending Anti-China Propaganda Push

The US Senate is advancing a bill to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars to try and stop the amazing progress of China, which is developing rapidly under socialism independently of US domination.  We should expect a major propaganda push.  I want to post some links here that can be used to evaluate the assertions that will be coming.

First it is important to understand that a common tactic of US regime change agents is to lie about human rights abuses for targets of regime change.  Let's recall that:

  • Vietnam was falsely accused of attacking US troops in the Gulf of Tonkin, justifying escalation of the Vietnam war that killed millions of people
  • Iraqi soldiers were falsely accused of killing babies in incubators in Iraq.  This testimony literally staged by a PR firm was key in getting support for war against Iraq passed in the Senate.
  • Saddam Hussein was falsely accused of throwing critics into wood shredders to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Iraq was falsely accused of having a WMD program to justify the same war.
  • Qaddafi was accused of systematically raping women to justify the NATO bombing of Libya, which is now a failed state.
  • Assad was falsely accused of perpetrating a chemical weapons attack in Syria in 2013 to justify arming terrifying Islamic extremists.
  • The same scenario has played out for an alleged attack in 2018.  This time it is revealed that the Office on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons altered their report under pressure from US officials on the investigative findings so as to implicate Assad.  The initial report was not coming to this conclusion.
  • The Venezuelan government is falsely accused of setting fire to an aid truck when in fact it was the US backed right wing opposition that set the fire.  This is to justify the removal of the elected president, Nicholas Maduro, and install a right wing puppet, Juan Guaido.

The tactic of using human rights abuse allegations against China was laid out in 2017 within Trump's State Department.  We also know from internal US planning documents that our government will make use of psychological operations.  "Psychological operations were primarily media-related activities, including unattributed publications, forgeries, and subsidization of publications; political action involved exploitation of dispossessed persons and defectors, and support to political parties; paramilitary activities included support to guerrillas and sabotage; economic activities consisted of monetary operations." Accusations of abuse within China must be understood within this context.

With that established let's consider what is happening in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang. As this CGTN documentary covers there was massive terrorist violence in Xinjiang starting in 1990 stemming from separatists, particularly from the Uyghur Muslim minority living there. Uyghurs are a Turkic minority ethnic group in China. In 2002 the UN designated the major separatist party, the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as an Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group. This was a move supported by the US, and the US State Department would go on to likewise designate them as terrorists. Chinese Uyghur Muslims are currently fighting along side ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria and have in the past been picked up in Afghanistan and sent by the US to Guantanamo Bay.

In 2011 Obama began pushing what came to be known as the pivot to Asia.  I think this move is best understood within the context of Lenin's understanding of the relationship between capitalism and imperialism.  Capitalism is a competitive ideology.  One way to succeed is to make superior products more efficiently.  The other is to suppress rivals so as to stave off competition.  Keeping target countries poor and underdeveloped protects favored local industries and has the added bonus of weakening the bargaining position of rivals, which means the price of resources and labor can be reduced.  This means higher profits for favored corporations.

There was some expectation with the opening up of China's economy that it would ultimately fall within this overall US hegemonic framework, as the Soviet Union did following some of their moves to open up in the 80s.  By 2010 it was becoming apparent that this was not happening.  Profits can be made in China, but profits are not in command, as they are in capitalist countries.  Not only is China developing independently, but they are supporting the independent economic development of neighboring poor countries, particularly with the Belt and Road Initiative, which happens to have a major through fare in Xinjiang.  This is a threat to imperial capitalism.  In this amazing clip from 2015 John Mearsheimer explains that China must be disrupted economically, even if they do everything we asked of them, such as completely adopt a US style governmental system.  Even if this means driving them right back into the extreme poverty that they came out of.  Even if they are 100% capitalist.  Because the US cannot tolerate independent economic development.  This is an explicit agreement with Lenin's theory that imperialism is just capitalism in it's highest stage.

Soon after Obama's pivot China felt compelled to initiate a more aggressive push to address terrorism in Xinjiang.  The approach is rooted in Marxism as distinct from imperial capitalism.  The idea is that terrorism is rooted in poor material conditions.  China had developed the western coastal regions economically, somewhat to the neglect of the interior.  When people are poor and feel disconnected from economic development they turn to terrorism for dignity and meaning.  China began pouring resources into the region.  And they also targeted suspected terrorists and compelled them to enter training camps.  There they would learn Mandarin, which is recognized to be important vocationally.  The effort was a smashing success if the goal is the actual eradication of terrorism.  It brought terrorism to a complete halt and allowed the people to prosper.  At this point there hasn't been a terrorist incident since 2017.

But what we're seeing from the US side is an effort to undermine this success.  The National Endowment for Democracy is an organization that was formerly part of the CIA.  They have openly funded Uyghur separatist groups.  Former deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Wilkerson explains that the CIA is exploiting the situation in Xinjiang to disrupt China and it's Belt and Road Initiative.  Former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has claimed that Uyghur separatists are being trained in Afghanistan, which shares a border with China, and returned to China to engage in terrorism.

At the same time a new allegation has gained traction in the last few years that rather than addressing terrorism in Xinjiang, China's vocational training centers amount to genocide.  This view is heavily reliant on claims from Adrian Zenz, a NED funded evangelical extremist who believes he is on a mission from God to destroy China.  This is a person that does not speak Mandarin or Uyghur and has never been to China, let alone Xinjiang.  Flagrant abuse of data has been exposed on his part. We also see many assertions based on reports from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a right wing think tank funded by a variety of defense companies.

Below are a few sources that suggest these accusations are false:

Finally I want to include a link to a twitter thread that covers a few additional reasons for doubting the claims of the US and its proxies on this issue.

The abuse we see of Muslims in Palestine right now (also Christians in Palestine), the abuse of Muslims going on in India, in Yemen, this is stuff we can all see on video.  If the west had real concerns for Muslims they'd address the proven abuses.  Instead the focus is on China where we have no videos, no pictures, no refugees, minority population growth and income growth.  Claims about human rights is simply a tool in the tool kit to advance US imperialism, whether the claims are true or not, and in this case in my judgment it is obvious that the claims are not true.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Chomsky Is a Dead End

I'll have to always be grateful to Chomsky and his deconstruction of capitalism.  But when it comes to the natural question "OK, what should we do about it?" Chomsky offers the wrong answer.  It's something about forming unions, organizing the work place, from there workers councils and worker federations.  No hierarchies.  It sounds great to not have bossses, but it was hard to wrap my head around how this was really going to stop this freight train of capitalism, with all the weaponry of the US government.  I just can't imagine a capitalist system would feel threatened by this.

There was an alternate model in places like the Soviet Union and China and these were perceived as a threat by the CIA and the US military.  But those, according to Chomsky, are not REAL socialism.  Those were horrible dungeons.  Let's wait around for a more PURE socialism to emerge, with no coercion, no force, no hierarchies.  Anarchism baby!!  And if you look at our communities, we punch Nazis, we break windows, we have drugs, heavy metal, green hair, torn pants, ACAB, etc.

Is this message going to sound compelling to the bulk of the US population that we need to persuade?  Are they going to be impressed with this model?  Are they going to think it's reasonable that the Soviet Union really wasn't socialist and that real socialism is this idea that exists in Chomsky's head?

And what does this model have to show for it's accomplishments?  That's the question I would be asked.  Well there was free Spain for a few months, even though that was made up of a lot of different organizations, not just anarchists.  There was some island in the North Atlantic that was anarchist.  The Amish are kind of anarchist.  This is seriously how I would respond.

Let's compare to that other style of socialism that Chomsky says is not REAL socialism.  The Soviet Union was the poorest part of Europe in 1917, and then they got invaded by 15 different countries, including the US, which tried to kill socialism in its cradle.  They beat back the invaders and then they industrialized faster than ever before, electrified the whole country, built the world's largest hydro-electric dam, became the leading producer of steel, of tractors, higher caloric consumption than Americans, and the food was more nutritious according to the CIA.  They more than doubled life expectancy.  They did most of the heavy lifting beating the Nazis, and yet after being totally destroyed by that war somehow they managed to end homelessness, end poverty, invent space travel, and all this despite a harsh embargo and needing to spend like crazy on defense to counter hostile outsiders.  They also supported successful revolutionary movements outside of their borders, some of which saw death on a genocidal scale after the SU fell, just like death descended on Russia and other former Soviet states in the 90s.

Today the world's fastest growing economy is in China.  In the last 40 years they have ended extreme poverty within their country.  That's 800M people.  Capitalist apologists like Steven Pinker and Bill Gates like to pretend capitalism is making life better because worldwide poverty is falling.  Excluding China the number of people in poverty in the world is rising (though the rate is falling).  In the midst of all of our technological advancements.  Today it is China that has the world's largest hydro-electric dam.  China managed covid better than any other country when you consider the difficult conditions in which they started.  China does far and away the most to help other countries battling covid.  The US hoards vaccines, China exports them (for which they are condemned in the US for their use of "soft power").  China would attempt to provide equipment for battling covid to other countries, the US would intercept them.  China is leading the world in renewable energy, infrastructure development.

To top it off the Soviet people were happy with their governments.  Chinese people are happy with their government.  If the people were happy, if development was the best and fastest the world has ever seen you can see why this would be perceived as a threat to the US capitalist system.

So why is Chomsky such a prominent leftist if he has this bad take?  The reason is because the CIA has sponsored him.  Not the he knew that, but the CIA had a program called the Congress for Cultural Freedom.  They knew that some people were going to figure out that capitalism sucked and socialism was the answer.  How to sheep herd people like this into ineffective resistance to capitalism?  Promote people that have the right criticisms of capitalism but the wrong solutions.  And so they sponsored Chomsky.  That's why we've heard of books like "Manufacturing Consent" but not "Inventing Reality" by Michael Parenti that apparently covers the same ground, some say does a better job, and he wrote this before Chomsky and Herman's book.  Why have we not heard of Michael Parenti?  Because he didn't pretend the Soviet Union wasn't socialist.  He didn't like an idiot just fall for every lie told about the Soviet Union, lies that our own government tells us they propagate.

We have to be gracious to Chomsky though because in the 50s and 60s it was probably frightening to support the Soviet Union.  But today it's really not so scary.  We need to be better.  And yet it seems Chomsky continues to side with the imperialists when it comes to actually existing socialist societies that are striving and usually succeeding at making the lives of their people better.  In the case of Libya (maybe not socialist, but certainly anti-imperialist) while he did not think the west should intervene militarily he was generally supportive of the rebels and wanted to see Qaddafi out.  This is the same pattern as the effect of the fall of the Soviet Union, which Chomsky called a "small victory for socialism."  Libya boasted the highest life expectancy on the African continent, all kinds of programs that made life better for the people.  People flocked to get in.  Today they drown in the Mediterranean trying to get out, just as people fled the Soviet Union when it fell while also dying en masse, turning to the sex industry, drugs, alcohol, and crime.  In Libya they are sold as slaves in open markets.  I recall Chomsky expressing support for US troops in Syria.  He's constantly attacking anti-imperialist states like Syria, Nicaragua, Russia, China, Venezuela.  He's always been extremely hostile to supporters of BDS.  Here's an interview where he gets very testy with a BDS supporter.  At every turn where there's a real anti-imperialist movement he's crapping on it, it's not pure enough, it's not perfect enough.  Nothing that could actually emerge in the real world that would resist capitalism is ever acceptable.  Despite his deconstruction of capitalism, which is spot on, I'm sad to say I'm realizing Chomsky has been a great ally to capitalism by diverting anti-capitalist energy away from real solutions.  Learn from his analysis, but look elsewhere for strategies to deal with the crisis we are in.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Just Give People Money

I think it's helpful when thinking about economic matters to simplify and imagine a smaller group of people on a deserted island.

Let's imagine 100 families find themselves stranded on a large deserted island.  A cruise ship has sunk and nothing could be salvaged.  A tough situation, but they find that if the heads of household work on the necessities of life and a caretaker at home manages the kids they are able to provide just enough to meet everyone's needs.

The 10% of the smartest workers create some inventions that make work easier.  Now only 60% of the workers are needed to address just the critical needs.  The 10% that created the initial inventions get a privileged status.  They get to be called the "owners" of the machines.  Let's suppose also the 10% invent a system of money that is robust.  They create a sufficient quantity of money and set its value so that the remainder of non-owners are paid a wage.  The 60% address critical needs and the 30% start to focus more on luxuries.  Making spices to make food yummy, creating recipes.  Working on more inventions like stoves and washing machines or ways to make the work of the 60% more efficient.  Everyone is happy because there is more than enough for all, plus some additional wants are being thrown in.  The 10% get the extra awesome life though because they don't work any more.

Time passes and work becomes more efficient, especially with further inventions of the 30%.  The owners realize they could lay off another 10 families and maintain output.  If they lay people off then that's less they need to pay in wages, they can store more money.  So they go for it.  Now they find that their store of money is enlarging.  And also the laid off people are not consuming as much.  So there's a glut of stuff building up.  Which means every now and then the workers can be idled.  But when they are idled they consume less, which creates more idle time because less is produced when there is less demand.  And you end up with a larger and larger amount of people with free time and no job, but with a lot of unmet needs and wants because they are no longer collecting a wage.

One thing that you will see is that the laid off people just try to think of other things that could be created and sold in the market.  And they might achieve a successful product eventually and put themselves back to work.  But it does take time.  The stall is not good, the suffering they and their families endure is a grind, and as this process continues with more and more efficiency gains it does get progressively harder to do this as there is really only so much consumption the employed families and ownership families are going to want to engage in.

What's to stop the owners right after the layoff from just minting some more money and handing it to the unemployed people?  The only concern is inflation.  But inflation happens because there is more money in circulation than there are goods that people want to buy.  The inventors have created a system that allows you to create a book with the press of a button (like Amazon does now, it used to take a whole army of people to create a book).  The inventors have created 3D printers.  With so much efficiency in creating things and so many goods available the truth is the price associated with things is coming down, so if you just hand the unemployed person newly minted coins such that the total money matches what was being spent earlier on wages, I don't think there should have to be inflation.

This is kind of the system we are in.  We're just getting too good at creating things.  So a glut of things builds up, and this causes people to lose their job.  This causes suffering and intermittent contractions in the total amount of goods being produced.

It seems to me that the lack of money should not be an issue.  Money is literally created from nothing.  Money is just a tool that facilitates the activity (work and consumption) of people.  Money can be used to take all those idle people and put them to work doing things that are beneficial, even if they are not being demanded in a market driven by profit.  The money supply needs to increase commensurate with the increase in the number of goods being produced.  It seems to me that if it doesn't then problems are created.

How does China manage to have such high sustained economic growth?  They didn't even slow down in 2008.  The Soviet Union had continuous unbroken economic growth.  In the depths of the Great Depression in the US the Soviet Union was charging ahead and by 1936 they had gone from being the poorest country in Europe to a world super power.  I think they were able to do this because they understand this issue I'm describing.  As things get more efficient and a glut emerges they don't just have homeless people sitting around doing nothing.  They say "Hey, you know that money you used to make growing crops?  Now that we have machines we don't need that same work, but here's the same money as a salary, it's money we just created.  Start helping to build roads, bridges, apartment buildings.  Help build facilities where research can be done.  We'll put even more people out of work due to the gain in efficiency and they can then join you building all these things, and we'll see everyone's life get better really fast."  It's Ok to have more money flowing in the system anyway because more goods are being produced with less every year.  Since there are more goods available for purchase more money in the system chasing those goods does not necessarily cause inflation.  To avoid inflation we just have to ensure that economy continues to get more and more efficient, more and more productive, so that there is an expanding quantity of goods that the money is chasing.  So why not use the creation of additional money as an opportunity to put idle hands to work creating things that the world needs and wants?  Putting the idle hands to work is exactly how you ensure gains in productivity.  The idle hands can work on the things that will make the economy more productive, instead of sitting around in misery and hunger, being homeless.

What this entails is setting aside the system that prioritizes profits and free markets.  That creates giant swaths of able bodied people willing and able to work, but unable to make it happen, or at least stalled in their ability to make that happen.  Plan the economy.  There are plenty of things that need to get done.  People need to get educated.  They need good roads, nice cars, health care.  We need renewable energy, or a carbon free source of energy (fusion).  Put people to work doing things regardless of what the market and what Wall St profiteers think.  The system we have is creating large numbers of people willing and able to do things that would make all of our lives better, but we're acting like the money supply can't be enlarged.  It can be and it must be.  More money is needed to reflect the additional things that humans are creating more efficiently every day.  Just mint more money and put people to work.  There is so much to do, we shouldn't let the fiction that money is limited prevent us from doing it.

That's the way it seems to me.  What am I missing?  Didn't our government just create something like $10T from nothing as stimulus?  And what did they do with it?  Most of it went to the rich.  It has gone to back corporate debt and to fund military adventures, things that don't directly benefit the population.  A bit went to the poor.  So the money supply needs to be expanded and we have a choice about how we stimulate the economy as we do this.  The choice in America is to give it to the rich, who won't spend much more, keep the idle hands idle and give just enough to the poor so they don't go crazy.  This is a recipe for slow economic growth.  It seems to me there is no good reason for it to be like this.

These thoughts were partly inspired by this discussion of Modern Monetary Theory.  Also this one.