Work's New Age: The End of Full Employment and What It Means to You

Work's New Age: The End of Full Employment and What It Means to You

James B. Huntington

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0983500630

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Employment in America has become a depressing subject. The recession is officially long over, yet 32 million Americans want to work full-time and are not. Neither political side is getting anywhere with the problem, and Washington has almost stopped discussing it, let alone implementing anything to solve or even improve it. Work's New Age, a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award winner, is the first full-length book since the recession's end to address this massive national concern. It explains, in terms of numbers, trends, and social patterns that we can all understand, why the connection between workers available and work needed has changed permanently. Using a wide variety of examples and extensions of work of multidisciplinary observers and thinkers, it provides a comprehensive view of America's employment crisis. This incisive, timely book, featured on over 130 American radio stations coast to coast, clearly presents the truth about American employment. Whether you are working, between jobs, or safely retired, it will alert you to changes that will affect you and your loved ones in the years and decades to come.

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low chances of being mechanized away.159 The joke of a plumber, when questioned about his asking $125 for a short visit by being told the householder, a lawyer, didn’t charge that much, saying, “I know; that’s why I stopped practicing law,” may become too realistic to elicit many laughs. Any discussion of automation would be incomplete if it did not mention what might be called the nuclear bomb of mechanization, the Singularity. According to inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written

Out on Them As we have seen, not only has unemployment increased but the share of those looking for work for a long time has gone up even more. After lengthy layoffs, what do their job prospects look like? Bill James, a baseball author, has written 26 books in the field and was cited in the 2006 TIME 100 as one of the world’s influential people.410 In an essay in his Baseball Abstract 1988, he described why National Football League players, then on strike and being substituted for by others,

those who seem permanently unemployed to be trained for and work at positions in nonprofit organizations.856 Pay would vary with the qualifications of the worker and the job involved.857 The social wage idea has in effect been successfully practiced over the past several decades, under the names of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps,858 and workfare.859 Many commentators who would not consent to “rights without responsibilities” have accepted the idea of a

U.S. government of more than $400 billion for each one-point unemployment rate rise.893 A Value Added Tax (VAT), or one on production or productivity, could replace income taxes to pay for such a program. Figure 27: Employment by Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Work Sectors, 1961–2010 Two things to decide, and a decision In implementing a guaranteed income plan, the first issue we confront is which to choose. The healthiest ones may be those that assure a minimum survival income

and the violent crime rate down more than 70%.904 Since 1970, deaths in motor vehicle crashes have declined by 75%; those in airplane accidents, even more.905 Computing power bears little resemblance to that of 30 years before.906 Innumerable consumer products have gone way down in price and up in quality, and many necessities cost far less. In 40 years, dishwashers, central heat, and air conditioning have become much more common, the share of homes without telephones has dropped from 13% to 5%,

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