Nintendo recently released its Switch, which sold out and as of writing has just been restocked in some stores. Nintendo expected X demand for the Switch and thus made X+N Switches (I assume). As it happened, demand trounced supply, and all Switches sold out. Now, Nintendo could say, people like this product; we should raise the price to increase revenue. I hope they don’t do this, but in short, supply is less than demand, increasing the value of the little that’s available. Then, as demand decreases, supply may increase, and the price should drop. This is basic economics, and we can agree on that (look, economics is too damn complicated to be summarized by a grammar snoot, so just pretend that this is how basic demand and supply economics works).
With that in mind, how is our modern economy? And I’m not asking about consumerist America—that’s always golden—I’m asking about that lovely job market. Is it easy to get a job? Can you walk to a gas station or some entry-level position, like you could in the 1980s, and walk away with a job? Probably not. So what’s the problem? It is this: the supply and demand of humans to jobs is awry, unbalanced, fucked. There are simply too many people—the supply—compared to the jobs available—the demand. Simply put, seven billion people is a surplus, and, as with any surplus, we need to stop making more until our product matches the current demand. But of course we can’t stop making more (well, we won’t), and we need to look at other methods of fairly limiting the supply.
This is where I suggest we adopt what some companies do: destroy supply so the value increases. The U.S. government does this with money all the time to avoid enlarged inflation, so why not begin doing so with people? Maybe kill a few million, see where we are, then adjust the killings accordingly. And I get it, you don’t like it when ol’ mother dies, or that you’re afraid of the vast nothingness that befalls your short and meaningless existence, or how pitiful it is when your only contribution to this overpopulated world is increasing the population, but these are only sentiments that inflate the already-present surplus of our product.
Thankfully, the U.S. government has offered a solution with its ultra-lenient gun laws, practically handing uzis to any nobody who wants to pop a few, but I think we can all agree it simply isn’t enough. And China’s execution of any drug-dealer doesn’t cut the mark. So what can we do about it, short of euthanizing every third newborn? That’s a good question, and I have heard of a few propositions. The first, but not best, would be to shut down hospitals for a week. It does eliminate primarily the weak and unwanted, but it’s not truly random. The most fair method, I think, would be to raise the speed limit. If we upped every speed limit, say, by 20 mph, we would really be knocking it off! Imagine buzzing down a school zone at 45 plus 10, since that’s what cops usually allow, totaling 55 mph, taking out two or three seedy little brats because that’s your duty, and all in the name of improving the economy while on your way to work. I would wager with this speed-limit adjustment, we would see our supply-demand fall back into place in as little as five years, and all you job-seekers (if you’re still alive) would really be living easy in ten years, when companies will be begging for your employment.
You may be thinking, my god, what a nut, and you would be right, except I’m not the only one considering the balance of your safety over the potential of increased earnings. Just ask any pharmaceutical company responsible for saving potential lives at the slight loss of profit (Martin Shkreli isn’t the only one inflating necessary drug prices). These companies, among many others, already understand what you don't, which is that sentiments aren't worth shit. So, stuff away your emotions and join the cause with a polite letter to your local representative urging him or her to raise the speed limit by 20 mph for increased efficiency, time at work (politicians love to hear this), and for the betterment of human supply.