Trump’s plan to bring jobs back is an excellent five year plan, according to Dr Chris Tingle. However, imminent robotic automation of most work-places means there will be few jobs again in the following decades, so a plan B is required.
Trump now wisely aims to recapture the job migration back from the low wage economies of Mexico and China etc. – good! However this is only a short term Plan A solution during the transition period required to prepare for automation of our work-places and indeed of our civilization.
Income and wealth gaps in the United States are huge, with massive structural unemployment, with nine million men not even looking for work. Nobel Prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz writes: “The upper 1% of Americans is now taking nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent.”
No wonder why millions of Americans feel disenfranchised… Trump must immediately implement a minimum wage of $10 with a schedule to increase this on an annual basis toward $15 as a first sign of good faith with his supporters.
Oxford University (UK) researchers have conservatively forecast that machines might be able to do half of all U.S. jobs within two decades. When robots take-over, socialism is the only economic system by which we can visualise President Trump draining the swamp.
What role will Bernie Sanders be offered in the Trump Administration? His form of socialism seems a viable solution in light of these pending massive job losses. The Trump government will have to spread the wealth before this time and Bernie Sanders insights and support may be essential in delivering an unpopular message to the wealthy regarding redistribution of their wealth.
Seeking further insight, Dr. Chris Tingle traveled back to the rustbelt, to Youngstown Ohio to consider what would happen if technology permanently replaced a great deal of human work. “I wasn’t seeking a tour of our automated future. I went because Youngstown has become a national metaphor for the decline of labor, a place where the middle class of the 20th century has become a museum exhibit.”
“Our country will have to embrace a radical new role for government in dealing with the issue of disappearing jobs, and Trump is ready for the first stage, Plan A, of bringing back our multinational companies and workplaces.”
Work is really three things, says Peter Frase, the author of Four Futures, a forthcoming book about how automation will change America: the means by which the economy produces goods, the means by which people earn income, and an activity that lends meaning or purpose to many people’s lives. “We tend to conflate these things,” he said, “because today we need to pay people to keep the lights on, so to speak. But in a future of abundance, you wouldn’t, and we ought to think about ways to make it easier and better to not be employed.”
The paradox of work is that many people hate their jobs, but they are considerably more miserable doing nothing. Therefore it is proposed to make the receipt of a living wage conditional upon a constructive plan for the increasing leisure years such as a hobby or artistic endeavour being incorporated to the new universal living-wage lifestyle.
One way of resolving the shrinking jobs issue long-term would be to heavily tax the growing share of income going to the owners of capital, and use the money to cut checks to all adults. This idea—called a “universal basic income”—has received bipartisan support in the past. Many liberals currently support it, and in the 1960s, Richard Nixon and the conservative economist Milton Friedman each proposed a version of the idea. That history notwithstanding, the politics of universal income in a world without universal work could be daunting to implement.
The widespread disappearance of work could usher in a social transformation unlike any we’ve seen. Industriousness has served as America’s unofficial religion since its founding. The sanctity and pre-eminence of work lies at the heart of the country’s politics, economics, and social interactions. What might happen if work goes away?
We need to replace the “social benefits of work” with “social benefits of stronger communities and relationships.” People might spend more time caring for their families and neighbors; pride could come from our relationships rather than from our careers.” Pre industrial revolution the concept of work was entirely different than the main source of self-esteem or participation as it is now.
The wealthy could argue that their work was subsidizing the idleness of millions of “takers.”
Dr. Chris Tingle counter-argues that labor contributed hugely to the wealth, as did natural resources that truly belong to us all. She anticipates that the wealthy 1% may not be sufficiently aware to accept their responsibility so radical measures might be required to redistribute the wealth fairly.
In the 1950s, Henry Ford II, the CEO of Ford, and Walter Reuther, the head of the United Auto Workers union, were touring a new engine plant in Cleveland. Ford gestured to a fleet of machines and said, “Walter, how are you going to get these robots to pay union dues?” The union boss famously replied: “Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?”
The decline of the labor force would make our politics more contentious. Deciding how to tax profits and distribute wealth could become the most significant economic-policy debate in American history. In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith used the term invisible hand to refer to the order and social benefits that arise, surprisingly, from individuals’ selfish actions. But to preserve the consumer economy and the social fabric, governments might have to embrace what Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, has called the visible hand of economic intervention. What follows is an early vision by Chris Tingle of how it all might work. (She describes this in more depth in her latest book, Drain the Swamp.)
Technological progress on the scale we’re imagining would usher in social and cultural changes that are almost impossible to fully envision. Consider just how fundamentally work has shaped America’s geography. Today’s coastal cities are a jumble of office buildings and residential space. Both are expensive and tightly constrained. But the decline of work would make many office buildings unnecessary. What might that mean for the vibrancy of urban areas? Would office space yield seamlessly to apartments, allowing more people to live more affordably in city centers and leaving the cities themselves just as lively? Or would we see vacant shells and spreading blight? Would big cities make sense at all if their role as highly sophisticated labor ecosystems were diminished? As the 40-hour workweek faded, the idea of a lengthy twice-daily commute would almost certainly strike future generations as an antiquated and baffling waste of time. But would those generations prefer to live on streets full of high-rises, or in smaller towns?
The most direct solution to the jobs issue would be for the government to pay people to do something, rather than nothing. Although this smacks of old European socialism, or Depression-era “make-work,” it might do the most to preserve virtues such as responsibility, agency, and industriousness. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) did more than rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. It hired 40,000 artists and other cultural workers to produce music and theater, murals and paintings, state and regional travel guides, and surveys of state records. It’s not impossible to imagine something like the WPA—or an effort even more capacious—for a post-work future.
This post work future, these new days of reckoning, began on November 8 2016. Our government must take ownership of our economy within the next decade. Sanders must be part of the plan.
If Trump balks then our generation and the Anonymous movement must push the revolution through ourselves, immediately.
President Trump has two obvious options provided he moves quickly:
Firstly, to bring jobs back from overseas and to create federal work – such as infrastructure projects.
And secondly, within a decade or two, to have all adult citizens paid a living wage.
Beware that the elite are hiring engineers and scientists to write proprietary software code to take over most of the functions of professionals such as doctors, engineers, accountants, lawyers, teachers, etc., and to create robots to take over the function of blue-collar workers and food producers. We must assert ownership of our future.
After production is automated it will be easily recognised that production does no longer need the elite capitalists raking off the top – but rather only needs maintenance engineers – citizens who chose this activity as their preferred hobby. An elite CEO is redundant, just a corrupt padding designed to deal with other greedy elitists.
Rather than embracing globalization it is suggested that we may flourish better in smaller communities numbering hundreds or thousands rather than millions and billions. However, we could benefit from having a Trump federal “government” who prints and issues the new living wage in the new eagle currency, the same amount to everyone. All previous assets are confiscated from the corrupt wealthy and returned to the government of We the People.
However, we could benefit from having a Trump federal “government” that prints and issues the new living wage in a new “eagle currency”, the same amount to everyone.” Chris Tingle explains the benefits of the new currency in more depth in her latest book.
She says that many of us are now hoping that the Trump administration will truly clean the swamp and enable such a healthy new system.
However, we must be alert to human frailties by preparing to have fail-safe communication channels to firstly inform Trump if the revolution is stalling, and secondly to notify fellow citizens that reactionary symptoms have been observed within the Trump administration already and an immediate purge is required in the form of direct action – we cannot afford to have the progress of the revolution risked. Time is of the essence as we seek to build up a critical mass of drainers of the swamp.
We must be urgent to correct Donald Trump if there is any falling-off from the vision he promoted. This is where Bernie Sanders enters the equation.
Also Trump needs a trusted top general who is prepared to implement a temporary military coup if the elite try to stall or sabotage President Trump… Just in case.
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Her latest book Drain the Swamp is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Drain-Swamp-Dr-Chris-Tingle-ebook/dp/B01M6AW21A
She regularly comments at http://anonofficial.com/