#51 USINVN, the time is coming down on us when there will be a vast army of unemployed people; not because of a lack of skills or education, but because of a lack of jobs due to automation. John M. Keynes predicted our present situation almost a century ago. Keynes posited a subsistence wage for EVERYBODY.
When the difference between the haves and the have-nots gets big enough, an army of unemployed people and unemployable people will revolt and take all of your stuff. The US of A was on the edge of a revolution in the late nineteen-thirties. The New Deal and World War Two created enough jobs to stave off that idea. Think about where we are now.
Labor-intensive coal mining is gone for good. When you drive past highway construction, how many people do you see with shovels?
It may come down to re-instating the draft or giving out a subsistence life to the poor.
If Donald Trump wins, as soon as his followers realize they have been had, it will be a hard rain a-gonna fall, for sure.