Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 659, 660
Every individual relies on thousands of individuals in society, and historically many more tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands. In fact, it's been calculated that this technological inheritance is responsible for something like ninety percent of the wealth that's generated today. It's just an immense inheritance. So the question is, who does that inheritance belong to? Who should be the beneficiary of all that technological development from the past?
We have become a Capitalocracy. Our country is ruled by money. The lack of paper money or digital money is no longer a limitation. I repeat, money is not a limitation. The lack of resources is the only limitation that we have. Technology allows us to preserve and extend the amount and use of our resources. This is where your real wealth is. Citing the lack of money, the deficit, the size of government or fiscal responsibility as an excuse for not taking care of the people and the people's business is complete nonsense coupled with incompetence. These problems should have been solved 90 years ago.
COMMON SENSE 3.1
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 657-658
We are spending a lot of money to keep people in poverty. It is not only morally wrong, it is stupid too.
Green Party Candidate
If you understand the true value and magnitude of technology, then you should understand there is no need for poverty, recessions, depressions, homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, deficits and the lack of healthcare. There is no need for the payment of bank interest, there is no need for taxes of any kind and there is no need to saddle our children with our debt and on and on. That means we are doing everything wrong. I understand that’s hard for a great many of us to believe. We are use to letting our government and big business do our thinking for us, so I will keep it very simple. For the most part, our technology has changed our world from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. That means our old limitations don’t exist. We live in a totally different but opposite paradigm. If we persist in our old ways, we are dead.
COMMON SENSE 3.1
Friday, April 15, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 654-656
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Automation Is Here
These are the final three in an eight-part series available on YouTube. The full version is also available there, for the leisurites among us. These are WOL videos (Wow Out Loud).
Monday, April 04, 2011
Anti Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 650-653
According to Thompson an industrial work structure required a disciplined workforce. The fear of punishment or starvation was part of the processes of discipline, but for workers to be really effective they needed to feel committed to their work: this required the invention of the ideology of work, which originally had its roots in religion.
…the Protestant work ethic identified by the sociologist Max Weber enters the discussion. In the case of the weaving communities studied by Thompson the people were Methodists: it was Methodism, which stressed the value of discipline, hard work and frugality. Capitalists found it much more efficient to turn the labourer into his own slave-driver by inculcating in him an ideology of thankless, unrewarded toil in exchange for a place in heaven. `They weakened the poor from within, by adding to them the active ingredient of submission; and they fostered within the Methodist Church those elements most suited to make up the psychic component of the work-discipline of which the manufacturers stood most in need.’ (Thompson, 1963: 355).
Molly Scott Cato
Hard as it can be to land a job these days, getting one may not be nearly enough for basic economic security.
many of the jobs being added in retail, hospitality and home health care, to name a few categories, are unlikely to pay enough for workers to cover the cost of fundamentals like housing, utilities, food, health care, transportation and, in the case of working parents, child care.
Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs
By MOTOKO RICH
New York Times
Published: March 31, 2011