Some good news appears to be on the horizon for labor. Hourly pay rates are rising in New York in certain industries. Overtime pay may get a huge revision. Tax changes proposed by a leading presidential candidate could create new investment in people with socioeconomic disadvantages. Take no political endorsement from that reference. Understand however, these are good changes that may help improve things for future generations. As Vivek Wadhwa states, We need a new version of capitalism for the jobless future.
He makes a good case for the negative impact of technology on the decline jobs. Mr. Wadhwa doesn’t put it that way, but if you read closely, you will see that whatever jobs improved technology creates, they will be far less in number than the jobs destroyed. As I stated in my comments to that article, modern management practice is tied to labor reduction. Cutting people is part of that practice and it doesn’t always happen on purpose. Simply the drive to optimize in an intense way, to win the game, has collateral effects.
Labor reduction is going to occur. That is why it is good people are still active in looking at solutions to create solid ground for those affected. Technology is not the problem. It works only to the motivation of those who employ it. Modern business will employ technology to maximize profit and cut costs. Such a course will be pursued relentlessly. The question then is, what are solid solutions for those who fall in the wake of such optimization? Labor changes are afoot.
The news that people in service positions in the fast food industry may get a raise to $15/hr is a great development. Inflation and cost of living creates unique barriers to living when income is not a true living income. Those in service positions who stood openly for the cause of a living income represent the grit of a humanity that affirms the willingness contribute to society with the opportunity to live life in a more complete way. A vision exists for STEM, arts, and collectivism in society. Realizing that involves the whole of society. A living income, regardless of economic system and individual level of participation, is a huge part of that effort.
All the time it seems there is news about disruptive violence. Gangs. Individuals acting out in schools, movie theaters, and other public places. People ask why. Well, there seems to be a common thread. Continue reading
On Quora, I answered a question about the value of money and what it can do for you. Great income, substantial savings, and liquid assets are powerful ways to engage with the fullness that both life and society has to offer. Abraham Maslow got the basic structure right with his pyramid. Persistent, debilitating strife can be the life of those who continuously occupy the low rungs of that pyramid. Yet, what is the true cost of moving far to the other end of the scale? Continue reading
It is fabulous that a seaweed strain has been cultivated that has twice the nutritional punch as kale. Those who have embraced a plant-based diet the world over would seem to be clambering for such a development. Only one problem. The smell. Continue reading
The fatal actions against members of the military in Chattanooga was not just an act of malice but of cowardice. Eventually, the pretext for the action will be known. Full honors should be bestowed to those who fell. Their efforts where part of the greater the cause of the living to be as they will. Continue reading
Technology may create conditions in which lying and deception become obsolete. See a discussion that may reveal how true that may be. Facts are not always what they seem and care must be taken with some kinds of information.