Monthly Archives: May 2015

The End of Work

Zero Hedge: Many activists are clamoring for a higher minimum wage. That’s an admirable goal, but is that where the worst problem is? Even at the abysmally low wages of the present moment, we still have 938,000 people being turned away from McDonald’s because there aren’t enough McJobs. The real problem is the lack of meaningful work.In a world of machines and social alienation, meaningful work is as scarce as water in the drought-stricken California Central Valley.

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Robert Reich: How we became the American Nightmare Economy

Salon: For the past quarter-century I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks we used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.

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Stiglitz: Global Debt Restructuring Framework Necessary

The Guardian — When the euro crisis began half a decade ago, Keynesian economists predicted that the austerity being imposed on Greece and the other crisis countries would fail. It would stifle growth and increase unemployment – and even fail to decrease the debt-to-GDP ratio…

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