Couldn’t have said this better myself.
Robert Anton Wilson is quoted as writing:
It is arguable, and I for one would argue, that the only reason Wiener’s prediction has not totally been realized yet — although we do have ever-increasing unemployment — is that big unions, the corporations, and government have all tacitly agreed to slow down the pace of cybernation, to drag their feet and run the economy with the brakes on. This is because they all, still, regard unemployment as a “disease” and cannot imagine a “cure” for the nearly total unemployment that full cybernation will create.
Suppose, for a moment, we challenge this Calvinistic mind-set. Let us regard wage-work — as most people do, in fact, regard it — as a curse, a drag, a nuisance, a barrier that stands between us and what we really want to do. In that case, your job is the disease, and unemployment is the cure.
“But without working for wages we’ll all starve to death!?! Won’t we?”
Not at all.
I don’t see a date on this. The Tim Leary reference is a bit awkward but it all makes perfect sense to me. See what you think. There’s even a Norbert Wiener reference, as there should be. I wonder if I read this long ago, but some of it seems unfamiliar. On the other hand most of it could have come from me verbatim.
UPDATE: related http://planet3.org/2014/04/18/save-the-world-by-not-working-so-hard/ and links therein.