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Traditional Jobs Becoming Extinct, New Paradigm Needed
09-13-2011, 02:37 PM #1
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Eric Blair
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As debt-riddled nations impose austerity measures and technical automation replaces human labor, joblessness continues to worsen around the world. In the United States, yet another “stimulus” package of $447 billion in government spending has been proposed to create jobs. Economist Paul Krugman even proposed manufacturing an extraterrestrial threat to create a surge in unified defense spending, which he claims will pull the world economy out of recession in 18 months. Clearly, these are desperate attempts to keep a failing paradigm alive.

Already, Western economies are propped up by jobs that are nonproductive and, in many cases, are destructive. For example, the war on drugs employs countless people in positions that have proven to be very harmful to society, far more damaging than the drugs themselves. And yes, ending the foreign wars will save trillions in government spending, but it will also bring millions of unemployed vets and contractors back into the workforce. Furthermore, if all of the complicated games were halted on Wall Street, we’d likely face an extinction level event for “traditional’ jobs. The system is destructive and it’s time to question the paradigm of employment for the sake of employment.

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, recently asked if jobs are becoming obsolete? Rushkoff uses the financial woes of the US Post Office as an example of a sector in decline. He points out that 600,000 jobs and 400,000 pensioners are in danger. Rushkoff correctly dismisses the political blame for the post office downfall and blames it on Internet communication; “People are sending 22% fewer pieces of mail than they did four years ago, opting for electronic bill payment and other net-enabled means of communication over envelopes and stamps.”

Rushkoff goes on to cite other examples where technology is replacing human labor like EZ-Passes and self-driving cars. I recently pondered the impact of 3-D printers in every home, printing a cup, bowl, wrench, or toys when they are desired. Imagine the jobs lost when this becomes a reality among countless other technical advances. What would happen to jobs if you had a printer like the one in the video below?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...boxMsSz5Aw

Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer from Taiwan with about 40 percent of the global electronics market by creating things like iPhones and computer components, announced it will be replacing much of its staff with one million robots. So it's not just Western jobs being lost in the high-tech revolution. Video of robots that will replace these assembly line workers can be seen below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...0V6J4Y8hnc

Rushkoff astutely questions the current paradigm of "jobs":

I am afraid to even ask this, but since when is unemployment really a problem? I understand we all want paychecks -- or at least money. We want food, shelter, clothing, and all the things that money buys us. But do we all really want jobs?

We're living in an economy where productivity is no longer the goal, employment is. That's because, on a very fundamental level, we have pretty much everything we need. America is productive enough that it could probably shelter, feed, educate, and even provide health care for its entire population with just a fraction of us actually working.

Rushkoff stops short of advocating an acceptable welfare state. However, he bravely questions the current paradigm where unemployment is unlikely to get better given advances in technology and the expendable nature of most tasks... http://www.activistpost.com/2011/09/trad...t-new.html

Technological advances are great in the right hands. But with the current PTB I can only see matters getting much worse. Throw off the shackles of the nation slave state system and have a culture based on Universal Principles is the right way to go.
09-13-2011, 03:00 PM #2
Kreeper Griobhtha
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"In the United States, yet another “stimulus” package of $447 billion in government spending has been proposed to create jobs."

They are not accomplishing a damn thing if they are steadily sending jobs to other countries. As I have said before, this whole techno-babble service industry line is just more bullshit propaganda to convince the masses that it is ok to send their jobs to people that will do it for $1 an hour.


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09-13-2011, 03:00 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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blink.gif Phenomenal. Absolutely friggin amazing. Wow. Just wow.
09-13-2011, 03:13 PM #4
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Good post. There is indeed a huge shift taking place, but its on purpose, this is no accident. They just haven't let it hit rock bottom yet.

It will, and at that time I'm nearly certain that the solution offered up will be a one world currency and global governance.

It's an admitted goal of David Rockefeller and I'm certain if dreams are fruit then its not falling too far from the trees.

The problem is cheap energy, it's gone. Globalization cant really function without it. The carbon tax they had planned on didn't work out thanks to China exposing their global warming fraud, this is why they still can't let it go.

They were counting on a windfall for essentially doing nothing (as usual), but they know it will take a few years to remold public opinion. They may need a big internet event in order to eliminate that pesky truth is erased from the collective.

I read the other day Obama is pushing a jobs bill, great stuff considering the amount he's created in India since taking office and continuing all the Bush policies that helped to get us in this ğkking mess to begin with.

It's too little too late I'm afraid. After the bailouts were passed any chance of ever resuming "normalcy" were shot to hell.

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09-13-2011, 03:23 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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09-13-2011, 03:38 PM #6
Kreeper Griobhtha
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You are exactly right JR. Take millions of jobs from the US and distribute them to many other third world nations and don't pay them above slave wages. Those people are practically working for free and neither they nor their nation will benefit. We completely lost the jobs and it hurt our people and nation. They have essentially eliminated those jobs completely yet are still making money. Eventually, we will have such a high number of unemployable people that it will be an even larger drain on our finances. This will get very bad. That is when they will pop up with the global economy and currency.


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I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
The night



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