Collecting taxes != governing. I believe Donald Trump’s time on the golf course’s (or Obama’s, or Steve Harper’s, or Bill Clinton’s trips to pleasure resorts, or Trudeau’s photo ops, etc etc) prove that. One should not assume money in = money out that is spent on the people because it quite often is not.
Getting paid isn’t enough if one doesn’t have true legally recognized autonomy to self ownership. If one does not have a legal right to own property but rather simply exchanges the possession of someone else’s property that’s a serious problem for self ownership. As are concepts like debt based fiat currency or debt slavery.
I see the concept of robotic automated “work” much like the concept of the washing machine. The humble washing machine was actually quite revolutionary. It freed up women and allowed them to wash clothes quickly which would have otherwise taken up their entire day doing it by hand. This meant more time to allow them to do other jobs or seek out careers etc. NOW think of the washing machine itself or other household appliances. When I was a kid we had an old manually fed washer which was essentially a big tub with a wringer that you had to manually feed clothes through (and that could be quite dangerous if you got some stray body part caught in it). Fast forward to 2017 and we have smart washer and dryer units that are energy efficient, have all kinds of fancy settings AND can even order your soap and other laundry accessories for you! BUT guess what! There are still people who are poor, or nostalgic, who still cherish that old washer with the wringer that I had when I was a kid. Hell right now I’ve got an old Kenmore apartment washer and dryer set and it works great. Old doesn’t mean non functional. And perhaps most pertinant of all are the people who CANNOT AFFORD or have no space for their own washer and dryer units at all! Having automation tech available does not mean EVERYONE will have ACCESS to automation tech.
Yes you probably could build robot waiters, robot customer service people, hell robot whores, but can everyone afford these things or will they have access to them? Also we already have robotic customer service in the form of automated answering services at call centers. But anyone who has dealt with such machines probably has had the experience of just wanting to talk to a bloody human being instead of going through options 1, 2, 3, ad nauseum. Automating services can mean a hit to customer experience and/or efficiency.
After the industrial revolution humans were treated like machines but now after the information age has begun that practice is ending since we have started developing many machines to do those industrial age jobs. So the question is what work do HUMANS need to do? Humans are good at creative work and abstracting. We have highly developed adaptive and general intelligence. More than that we have highly developed emotional and spiritual capabilities. These are qualities robots simply do not have. Can a robot understand the concept of humor? Can a robot feel love, loyalty or passion? Can a robot feel jealousy, anger or hate? How would a robot process these emotions? How would a robot relate to a human, a human that does feel all these things, if a robot does not feel these things? If a robot cannot feel emotions how is a robot different than a psychopath? Does said robot operate with Asamov’s three laws? What security prevents tampering or general security of the robot? How is the safety of humans ensured, or is it? All these questions need to be answered but the issue of automation of jobs seem to be on everyone’s mind which seems a bit insane to me.