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A plan for ending forced labor in the developed world

I ~wrote this page in 2004 when I was living in the Netherlands. I returned to Ireland in January of 2005, and in February I was amazed that the Irish bureaucracy put me on the dole. I'm American.

We're not civilized yet. Most people have to work just to live.

This is not intelligent, either. Excessive productivity is making the air, water and soil of Earth uninhabitable.

It's unsustainable. We should pay people not to work.

Many people like to work, so we should let them continue to do so. But work has no intrinsic value and for many people it is quite onerous.

In order to introduce a decrease in productivity and forced employment it makes sense to begin by phasing in unemployment for those who do not want to be employed.

A program could handle casework on a scale of eligibility.

• Category 4:

These are the worst cases. These people really hate work; don't believe in it, and often can't keep it up. Sporadic employment record and chronic under-employment are standard criteria.

• Category 3:

These people just don't like work. It doesn't make sense or mean much. Maybe it's better than the alternative — the unknown. Or maybe they have obligations. They work when they can, because they have to.

• Category 2:

These folks don't like their job. They may feel like wage-slaves in some abstract sense — but nobody takes a vote on the matter, so they don't think about it.

• Category 1:

These people just don't usually feel like going to work.

These criteria will help to determine a proper level of assistance as well as to assess the urgency of need.