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Monday, April 08, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 965-968

“There is this incredibly powerful long-run trend of declining employment in manufacturing,” said Robert Z. Lawrence, a professor of economics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “It’s the same story as in food and farming. We’re producing more food with many fewer workers. The only way we compete with our higher wages is by being more innovative.”
Rumors of a Cheap-Energy Jobs Boom Remain Just That
New York Times
Published: April 1, 2013

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Let's go through a little thought experiment shall we. Say all of the tractors in the world disappeared tomorrow. Suddenly farms are hiring laborers left and right. We've created jobs! But now the cost in human labor hours has increased dramatically for each loaf of bread. People are paying nearly a hundred times as much as they used to for bread. Do you think the number of jobs created matters to everyone else? Automation creates wealth for humanity. 
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[USA] The number of suburban residents living in poverty rose by nearly 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, to about 16.4 million people, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of 95 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. That’s more than double the rate of growth for urban poverty in those areas.
Sprawling and struggling: Poverty hits America's suburbs

Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:26 AM EDT
In Plain Sight

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On 21 and 22 February, 2013 in the building of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, a conference took place entitled Poverty and Inequality in Human Society. Proposals for an inclusive society.

We of the Association Basic Income (Ad Planken, Leon Segers, Robin Ketelaars, and Christine Lambrecht from Belgium) were highly surprised by the high “basic income level” of the conference. This was peppered with the term basic income. From the most unexpected corners of concern speakers referred to it. It looks like the “Early Warnings Division” discovered Basic Income at the right time. Europe is ready for a basic income, at least the Council of Europe is.

Report on rights and poverty conference in Strasbourg
By Robin Ketelaars March 11, 2013 

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