Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 647-649
There are now approximately 14 million Americans who want a job and can't find one. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), if they stood side by side, they'd stretch from Bangor, Maine to Los Angeles, California and back.
8 Unemployed for Every Job Opening: What Are They Supposed to Do Once Their Benefits Run Out?
AlterNet / By Joshua Holland
And wait. And wait. And keep waiting.
Congress Making Themselves and Friends Richer, While Everyone Else Struggles to Make Ends Meet
Monday, March 21, 2011
Anti Wage Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 645, 646
Schools and universities, on their knees for corporate dollars and their boards dominated by hedge fund and investment managers, have deformed education into the acquisition of narrow vocational skills that serve specialized corporate interests and create classes of drone-like systems managers.
Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand
Monday, March 14, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 641-644
Labor automation through technology is at the bottom of every social transformation in human history.
what happens when peoples’ jobs are automated in a world where money is life? Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat, otherwise we get along. If every citizen were given an automatic stipend sufficient to support a modest life, thefts would plummet. You might complain about taxes or wealth redistribution, but mark my words, you are already taxed and your wealth is already redistributed: every time you shop, you pay a markup to offset theft, a highly inefficient and twisted dark-world version of basic income which rewards the unscrupulous.
Innovation Needs Basic Income
Conventional laboratories and research provide incremental progress, but they suffer diminishing returns. Bound by the need to put food on the table, would-be innovators are forced to take the cautious road. Real innovation needs thinking outside the box, and it is inherently risky and dangerous. Basic Income is needed so that people can pursue their ideas without the horrible prospect of losing the game of capitalism. Sure, most ideas will lead nowhere, but the occasional idea will revolutionize everything. In our society, when an idea leads nowhere, it’s a financial disaster. As teachers are being laid off, universities are hiring fewer professors, and automated education looms troublingly on the far horizon, there are fewer and fewer fallback positions for the failed innovator, and without a guaranteed stipend, doing anything new or risky will become increasingly suicidal. We need to avoid that, and provide a fertile environment for innovation, by guaranteeing everybody we won’t let them go hungry if their idea doesn’t pan out.
Ten reasons for guaranteed minimum income
1. fix GOVERNMENT INEFFICIENCY: CITIZEN DIVIDEND
Use a portion of income taxes to just simply pay us a $50,000 per year dividend instead of sending our taxes down an unresponsive government bureaucracy sinkhole.
2. fix LABOR INEFFICIENCY: AUTOMATION
We get more productivity from people doing leisure activities than jobs. Machines should do all the jobs and people should do all the leisure activities. Use existing automation technology to immediately eliminate the need to do 70% of all the jobs we do and make working a job optional.
Demand The Good Life
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 639-640
Computers are getting better at mimicking human reasoning — as viewers of “Jeopardy!” found out when they saw Watson beat its human opponents — and they are claiming work once done by people in high-paying professions. The number of computer chip designers, for example, has largely stagnated because powerful software programs replace the work once done by legions of logic designers and draftsmen.
Software is also making its way into tasks that were the exclusive province of human decision makers, like loan and mortgage officers and tax accountants.
Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, is convinced that “legal is a sector that will likely employ fewer, not more, people in the U.S. in the future.” He estimated that the shift from manual document discovery to e-discovery would lead to a manpower reduction in which one lawyer would suffice for work that once required 500 and that the newest generation of software, which can detect duplicates and find clusters of important documents on a particular topic, could cut the head count by another 50 percent.
The computers seem to be good at their new jobs.
Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software
By JOHN MARKOFF
New York Times
Published: March 4, 2011