Also, I missed this one:
Robotisation has reduced the number of working hours needed to make things; but at the same time as workers have been laid off from production lines, new jobs have been created elsewhere, many of them more creative and less dirty. So far, fears of mass layoffs as the machines take over have proven almost as unfounded as those that have always accompanied other great technological leaps forward.
There is an important caveat to this reassuring picture, however. The relatively low-skilled factory workers who have been displaced by robots are rarely the same people who land up as app developers or analysts, and technological progress is already being blamed for exacerbating inequality, a trend Bank of America Merrill Lynch believes may continue in future.
Further wisdom from "recovering neo-liberal" Joseph Stiglitz on automation:
At least it seems like the Government are doing their damnedest to crank out housing. It's long overdue, and Ardern has showed just how easily solved it really is, it only involves having a will to actually do it. I think it's going to take a long sustained bipartisan effort across at least 20 years to pull us out of the housing poverty spiral that's happened here, though, and I don't see any indication of National coming to that party. Long may they stay in Opposition, in that case, until they get their heads out of their arses. But established right wing parties all around the developed world are showing signs that heads up arses is the new normal, and nowhere more clearly than in Mother England.
Mainstream Burkean/Merkel-ite conservative parties are either being infiltrated by Tea Party neo-nationalists (as in USA, UK and Hungary), or losing ground to their right flank by Tea Party neo-nationalists (as in Germany, France and Scandinavia). As I've previously mentioned, I'm hoping against hope that the Great Troubles isn't on the horizon.
She's 48, slightly older than me. She grew up during the conflict. I can remember bombs going off in the UK. I can remember mortars being fired at Downing Street. I can remember riots during marching season. I've probably heard or read the word 'sectarian' (as in: 'sectarian violence in Northern Ireland') literally thousands of times. It's hard to emphasise how basic that is. Possibly something like being appointed Minister for the Deep South, and not realising that the KKK might not vote for a black candidate. And this is the woman who is in charge of the region of the UK that has the only land border with the EU.
On that note, the next big global conflict probably won't be World War 3, simply because mutually assured destruction made total war between great powers obsolete.
What could well happen next is a "Great Troubles" or "the Troubles to end all Troubles", where militants within nations go UDA & IRA on each other, with the police & military struggling to maintain order.
To name one example, the American UDA would probably include Atomwaffen, the Bundy militia, and Oath Keepers; the IRA equivalent would likely include groups like Redneck Revolt, Red Guards Austin, and the Huey P Newton Gun Club.
I find the parallels with the 20's and 30's to be existentially threatening in the age of rapid climate change and nuclear weapons.
As the new-old adage goes, history doesn't repeat but it does rhyme.
1930s Great Depression = 21C Great Recession
1930s Fascism & Communism = 21C Alt-Right & "alt-Left"
World War 2 = World Troubles/The Great Troubles?
ICYMI, a World Troubles/Great Troubles is just like what happened in Northern Ireland in the last third of the 20C, but on a global scale - more violent than what's happening now, but still not violent enough for formal declarations of war. Instead of an Allies vs Axis conflict, it'll likely be between globalised non-state actors, with government forces struggling to maintain the peace.
I wager a World Troubles/Great Troubles would be far more likely than WW3, because the atom bomb made traditional conventional war obsolete, and last I checked, the Nuclear Club is still sticking to a "no first use" policy.
New Zealand ranks in the bottom third of the OECD for spending on what are known as active labour market policies - government interventions to help people into meaningful new work. The organisation's report last year said Work and Income focuses largely on people receiving benefits, which only includes a minority of people made redundant. "As a result, social assistance and public employment support are reduced to a minimum and act very much as systems of last resort for displaced workers who end up in the welfare system… Displaced workers are, to a large extent, left by their own to find a new job."
TERFs come across as the flip side of a coin where the other side is “MRA”. I also wonder if there’s an undercurrent of homo-nationalism & femo-nationalism about these types.
Speaking of Aretha Franklin, here’s my latest artistic tribute.
Speaking of Aretha Franklin, here's my latest artistic tribute.
We've said it before, but the TPU has consistently refused to disclose its donors, while insisting on accountability for everyone else. Not unlike the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute on Planet Brexit.