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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Why Electing Morons Matters

To be fair, the issue of Artificial Intelligence and job loss isn't something the Obama Administration actively dealt with.  However, the real crisis is just over the horizon, and Trump is completely clueless about it. In fact, Trump's political success can largely be attributed to his exploitation of worker angst over job losses and tying that to trade and immigration, when technology is about as much to blame.  Since Trump can never be wrong, turning his focus to AI seems a remote possibility.

Immediately after the election, I suggested a way for Democrats to reach out to WWC voters was to put forth state-by-state bans on AI-driven commercial vehicles.  This could obviously run into constitutional problems regarding interstate trade, but even that would force the issue into the national conversation.

Democrats had a big "negative" win in defeating the American Shit Sandwich Act.  They should put forth an agenda to protect American truckers and let Republicans argue against it.

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