Jack Saturday

Monday, August 21, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1654-1656

Yet for half of all Americans, their share of the total economic pie has shrunk significantly, new research has found.

This group — the approximately 117 million adults stuck on the lower half of the income ladder — “has been completely shut off from economic growth since the 1970s,” the team of economists found. “Even after taxes and transfers, there has been close to zero growth for working-age adults in the bottom 50 percent.”
By 2014, the average income of half of American adults had barely budged, remaining around $16,000, while members of the top 1 percent brought home, on average, $1,304,800 or 81 times as much.
A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S.
DEC. 6, 2016
New York Times

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 Thanks to automation, we now make 85 percent more goods than we did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers.

This suggests that while Mr. Trump can browbeat manufacturers into staying in America, he can’t force them to hire many people. Instead, companies will most likely invest in lots and lots of robots.

And there’s another wrinkle to this story: The robots won’t be made in America. They might be made in China.
in the last few years the Chinese government has spent billions to turn China into the world’s robotic wonderland.    

In 2013, China became the world’s largest market for industrial robots, according to the International Federation of Robotics, an industry trade group. Now China is working on another big goal: to become the largest producer of robots used for factories, agriculture and a range of other applications.
In 2014, Xi Jinping, China’s president, called for a “robot revolution.”

How to Make America’s Robots Great Again
New York Times
JAN. 25, 2017

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 We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1651-1653

A good starting point is the simple reality that most of what we all receive as “income” far, far exceeds what anyone can claim as the result of the “work” they actually do in the here and now. Once this fully documented reality is understood, the moral case for a basic income for all becomes very different from conventional understandings. The starting point is recognition that most “income” is, in fact, a gift of the past.
A person born at the end of the current century will have done absolutely nothing to enable or deserve this enormous gain. All of it will come to that person as a gift from the past, mainly from the accumulation of technological and scientific knowledge she receives just by being born.
The gift of the past includes thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and technology — arithmetic, calculus, electricity, chemistry, physics, automobiles, airplanes, engines, computers, the internet, modern medicine, and on and on. In the 1950s M.I.T. economist Robert Solow demonstrated that nearly 90 percent of productivity growth up to that point in the 20th century was due to technical change (including technology, knowledge, education, and various related factors) rather than as a result of current labor and capital. He later won a Nobel Prize in Economics for the resulting contributions to the theory of economic growth.
The gift of the past includes thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and technology — arithmetic, calculus, electricity, chemistry, physics, automobiles, airplanes, engines, computers, the internet, modern medicine, and on and on. In the 1950s M.I.T. economist Robert Solow demonstrated that nearly 90 percent of productivity growth up to that point in the 20th century was due to technical change (including technology, knowledge, education, and various related factors) rather than as a result of current labor and capital. He later won a Nobel Prize in Economics for the resulting contributions to the theory of economic growth.
Technological Inheritance and the Case for a Basic Income
Gar Alperovitz
Economic Security Project

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 A veteran Mountie based in Courtenay is suing the RCMP, alleging she was subjected to years of sexist and racist harassment.

The allegations come just months after the RCMP announced a record $100-million compensation package for women who were sexually harassed while working for the national force. The RCMP has come under fire for allowing a toxic work environment that has contributed to low morale and mental-health issues for members.

In May, a report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP criticized the national police force for its failure to address widespread bullying and harassment.

Ian MacPhail, the commission’s chairman, urged the federal government to bring in civilian governance after he concluded the force’s top brass is incapable of making reforms to its dysfunctional culture.
Island officer sues RCMP, alleging harassment

Katie DeRosa / Times Colonist
August 9, 2017 10:25 PM
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 This era of Industry 4.0 is being driven by the same technological advances that enable the capabilities of the smartphones in our pockets. It is a mix of low-cost and high-power computers, high-speed communication and artificial intelligence. This will produce smarter robots with better sensing and communication abilities that can adapt to different tasks, and even coordinate their work to meet demand without the input of humans.
Again, in an ideal scenario, humans may be able to focus on doing the things that make us human, perhaps fuelled by a basic income generated from robotic work. Ultimately, it will be up to us to define whether the robotic workforce will work for us, with us, or against us.

Jeff Morgan
Thursday 20 July 2017
Does The Next Industrial Revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs

Monday, August 07, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1648-1650

Ultimately, humans haven’t become completely redundant: while robots may be efficient, they’re also a bit stupid. They do not think, they just act – in accurate, but limited, ways. Humans are still needed to work around robots, doing the jobs the machines aren't able to and fixing them when they get stuck. But this is all set to change, thanks to a new wave of smarter, better value machines that can adapt to multiple tasks. This change will be so significant that it will create a new industrial revolution.
Jeff Morgan
The Independent
Thursday 20 July 2017
Does The Next Industrial Revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

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  "If you don't like this job, there are plenty who can take your place." Workers are no longer participants in the success of the company or institution but its slaves. People are reluctant to challenge any policies that they feel might harm the organization. Bosses can command almost anything, knowing that the workers will have to submit. "Cutbacks" simply mean that you are having three do what six used to do or a teacher managing a class of thirty-five or forty rather than twenty-five.
    Winder, GA
comment on
The Jobless Trap
Published: April 21, 2013
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The best day’s of the week to post your blog articles are Tuesday and Wednesday. I have had hundreds of websites and blogs and across all niches it seems that the most traffic is around on a Wednesday followed closely by a Tuesday. I think this has a lot to do with people being at work and bored and looking for something else to do.
What is the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts?
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1645-1647

The Buddha said, “Monks, if you want to be free from suffering, you should contemplate knowing how much is enough. By knowing it, you are in the place of enjoyment and peacefulness. If you know how much is enough, you are content even when you sleep on the ground. If you don’t know it, you are discontented even when you are in heaven. You can feel poor even if you have much wealth. You may be constantly pulled by the five sense desires and pitied by those who know how much is enough. This is called “to know how much is enough.’”
Eight Awakenings of Great Beings
Dogen (1200-1253)
Written at the Eihei Monastery on the sixth day, the first month, 1253

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Since the recession ended in 2009, income gains have accrued almost entirely to the top earners, the Census Bureau found. The top 5 percent of earners — households making more than about $191,000 a year — have recovered their losses and earned about as much in 2012 as they did before the recession. But those in the bottom 80 percent of the income distribution are generally making considerably less than they had been, hit by high rates of unemployment and nonexistent wage growth.
Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy
New York Times
Published: September 17, 2013 
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  Instead of repatriating work from overseas, or reclaiming factory labor from the robots on the shop floor, or increasing public spending to create full employment, what if we said, fuck work? Or, more politely: “We prefer not to."
Why Work?

Bran Dougherty-Johnson
The Baffler

Monday, July 24, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1642-1644

The looter elite systematically exports jobs, skills, knowledge, technology, retaining at home chiefly financial manipulation expertise: highly profitable, but not of actual productive value. Through “productivity gains” and speedups, it extracts maximum profit from domestic employees; then, firing the surplus, it claims surprise that the great mass of people lack purchasing power to buy up what the economy can still produce (or import).
Ernest Callenbach,
Last Words to an America in Decline (2012)

 We will have more and more people who will not need to work. The symptom of this problem is the employment thing. How is it different if we succeed in creating an economy that can provide the basics for everyone without them having to do anything and people who do not have to do anything due to the efficiency and luck of a grandparent? The situations are identical and we had better get use to it.
Unemployment is not a problem but a goal. By eliminating scarcity we all succeed. The problem is how to allocate the resources so that everyone has the opportunity to work less and do more of what they want. We definitely are being stupid by forcing people to work and punishing them for it while allowing, even honoring, people who live on capital gains.
Yes, we have this backwards
Mike Meyer
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 The requisite jobs don’t exist, and almost half of those that do don’t pay enough to live on (much less build anyone’s character). The United States may be the indispensable nation, but it is clearly a less-developed country—a place where hard labor means a prison sentence, not a living wage, and work means economic impoverishment, not moral possibility.
Why Work?
Bran Dougherty-Johnson
The Baffler

Monday, July 17, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1639-1641

Put it this way: every Walmart with three hundred or more “associates” costs taxpayers roughly a million dollars in public assistance each year because the wages paid these employees don’t cover their food and health care.
Why Work?
Bran Dougherty-Johnson
The Baffle

 The more mechanical people to whom life is a shrewd speculation depending on a careful calculation of ways and means, always know where they are going, and go there. They start with the ideal desire of being the parish beadle, and in whatever sphere they are placed they succeed in being the parish beadle and no more. A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it.
Oscar Wilde
De Profundis

 Ambitious professors, the ones who, like their students, want to get ahead in America, work furiously. Scholarship, even if pretentious and almost unreadable, is nonetheless labor-intensive. One can slave for a year or two on a single article for publication in this or that referred journal. These essays are honest: their footnotes reflect real reading, real assimilation, and real dedication. Shoddy work - in which the author cheats, cuts corners, copies from others - is quickly detected. The people who do this work have highly developed intellectual powers, and they push themselves hard to reach a certain standard: that the results have almost no practical relevance to the students, the public, or even, frequently, to other scholars is a central element in the tragi-comedy that is often academia.
Mark Edmundson
Who are you and what are you doing here

Best American Essays 2012

Edmundson: http://www.engl.virginia.edu/people/mwe

Monday, July 10, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1636-1638

They called this Wage Slavery. Slave Owners argued in the House of Representatives during the labor debate That they where actually more Humane, Because they owned their workers.. So they had a vested interest in making sure their property was Fed, Housed and supplied medical care. Where the Rich fat cats in the North Merely wanted to exploit their Work force by paying them Slave wages that couldn't even pay for the basic necessities in life with zero care of their well being. 50% of every full time worker in the USA makes $30,000 a year or less. By OECD standards they live in poverty. 50% of all full time workers working 40-60 hours a week in the USA live in poverty. In 2016, Wallstreet Bonuses,  Just the Bonuses. Equated to DOUBLE the money that All minimum wage workers in the USA made Combined.
Economic Update: Capitalism's Shadow: Poverty

Price cutting, led primarily by Amazon, has reduced many brick-and-mortar bookstores to rubble, depriving readers of direct interaction with booksellers. Despite some recent good news, the number of independents has been halved in the last two decades, and the chain stores that survive increasingly employ part-time, unskilled staff.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader
New York Times
JAN. 4, 2014

Work no longer serves these dual purposes of building character and providing income commensurate with effort. There’s not enough work to go around, and what there is has been reduced to a simulation of effort—pretend work in the cubicles and at the academic conferences—or backbreaking toil in the sweatshops, the office towers, and the offshore factories. The working world as we now experience it is an exquisite corpse, a collaboration between Charles Dickens, David Lodge, and William Gibson.
Why Work?
Bran Dougherty-Johnson
The Baffler


Monday, July 03, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1633-1635

Sears Canada's move to file for creditor protection means that 2,900 employees will not be receiving severance.

Part of the company's court-supervised restructuring involves letting go of 17 per cent of its staff, or 2,900 employees, and closing 59 stores.
Sears Canada Laid-Off Employees Won't Receive Severance Packages

When Medicine Hat, a city in southern Alberta, Canada, pledged to put an end to homeless in 2009, there were many sceptics who thought it couldn't be done. A good six years later, the city says it has fulfilled its promise with the help of a surprisingly simple idea: giving every person living on the streets a home with no strings attached.
How a Canadian City Ended Homelessness With a Simple Idea

Before the Reformation, almost no one believed that socially necessary labor was an ennobling activity. After the Reformation, almost everyone did.

In this sense, the Protestant ethic was never just a matter of church schism and doctrine. “But at least one thing was unquestionably new,” as Max Weber explained, “the valuation of the fulfillment of duty in worldly affairs as the highest form which the moral activity of the individual could assume.”
insofar as we can experience and measure the end of work—we move beyond the moral universe we call the Protestant ethic. In navigating this historic transition, we see that a world unmoored from the safe harbor of necessity could be full of moral promise, but only if we grasp it as such.

Why Work?
Bran Dougherty-Johnson
The Baffler

Monday, June 26, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1630-1632

Work as free play cannot be subject to administration; only alienated labor can be organized and administered by rational routine.
Herbert Marcuse
Eros and Civilization

 It’s bizarre to me that people think that I am ‘prolific’ and that I must use every spare minute of my time when in fact, as my intimates have always known, I spend most of my time looking out the window (I recommend it).
Joyce Carol Oates
The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
F. Schiller

Monday, June 19, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1627-1629

The situationist game is distinguished from the classic notion of games by its radical negation of the element of competition and of separation from everyday life. On the other hand, it is not distinct from a moral choice, since it implies taking a stand in favor of what will bring about the future reign of freedom and play.
Guy Debord
Report on the Construction and on the International Situationist Tendency's Conditions of Organization and Action

in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the end of the century technology would have advanced sufficiently that in countries such as the UK and the US we’d be on 15-hour weeks. “In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. Huge swaths of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they believe to be unnecessary. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.
David Graeber
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 The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. that's why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.
Arthur C. Clarke