Economic arguments aside (those being more worthy of a treatise with graphs or any entire book), the point was an interesting one to visualize. A system without socialized redistribution forced that redistribution to take place in a more social setting such as a church or public communal space, whereas socialism could be, in its most desolate form, a small check sent in the mail each month to a lonely inhabitant of a solitary home.
The challenges posed by the advent of societally disruptive technologies could be assuaged in some regards by redistribution, as widening inequality seems almost inevitable in light of recent trends. However, a social component must be mandatory in order to preserve meaning in the madness.
This can take many forms, and many classrooms already insist that cell phones be forbidden during the day, or placed in a plastic bin for certain periods. What should not transpire is a continuation of the paradoxical phenomenon of people becoming more isolated because of technology meant to provide connection.
Indeed education in its elemental form comes back to its own Latin root: “to lead out.” Education is about getting people out of their comfort zone and out of isolation. This should be interpreted as broadly as possible – getting kids out of their homes, out of their own heads, out of their families, off their devices, outside the building.
The arts are key to a real revival of the spirit. The technification of human existence puts daily life more at odds with irrepressible parts of the human spirit, and in spite of efforts to put robots even in charge of the creation of art, genuine artistic spark will remain a commodity beyond commodification.
Plenty are crying loudly about the marginalization of the arts in modern education. Swift action is needed before a generation forgets why it was valuable in the first place.