Another Perspective

Another Perspective

October’s Surprises

By 10.30.13

These three writers celebrate October birthdays. What can we learn from them?
Send to Kindle

Another Perspective

Corporate America Should Rescue the Government

By 10.30.13

Many populists and those on the left fear or despise corporate America. But some of its methods and values are what is required to rescue the U.S. government. Our beleaguered Congress and White House desperately need help in governance. It is especially embarrassing for those wanting Big Government — resentful of private enterprise and anyone in the 1% — to ask for guidance from capitalists.  But with the ferocity of this shutdown and the potential consequences of a debt default later this month, it is obvious that governing is too serious to be left to the government. Our nation should see what corporate America — the private sector — can do in these trying times.   
Send to Kindle

Another Perspective

The End of Jobs

By 10.25.13

In the early days of the Industrial Revolution a number of English textile workers saw their livelihoods replaced by automated machines. Faced with joblessness, poverty, and starvation the group, calling itself the Luddites, protested by writing ballads, broadsides and, most notoriously, by destroying a few automated textile looms.

Today, the Luddites are generally seen as wrong-headed and backward technophobes, when in fact they were not anti-technology, but, in the words of Ronnie Bray, “anti-starvation.” Suffice it to say, that had automation delivered on its promise to maintain or create jobs, at least in the short term, there would have been no Luddite backlash.

The Luddites are invoked each time some Cassandra questions the wisdom of the direction of our ongoing hi-tech revolution. Such revolutions, it is believed, are good for society and economies. The old jobs may be going away, but they will be replaced by new ones.

And, indeed, for decades, our leaders have been preaching new mostly minimum wage service sector openings, while we wait for something better to come along. 

Send to Kindle

Another Perspective

The End of Jobs

By 10.25.13

Forget robot overlords: The future is robot hamburger flippers.
Send to Kindle

Pages