- Jan 17, 2010
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- New Jersey
Third world.“But what kind of a society are we going to have if it consists of highly paid people doing high-value-added work—and masses of unemployed?,” he asked.
He forgot the part where those blue collar workers pay federal, state and local taxes, buy the stuff that the "smart workers" and their machines make, and feel connected and loyal to the society that they live in, but I think he's getting the point. I hope some of you social darwins are finally getting it, too.The American dream is based on the idea that if you work hard, you and your children can do better. For decades, US blue-collar workers could save money, buy homes, put their kids through college, and have decent retirements.
Yup.Now, manufacturing is under siege, security is non-existent, and many blue-collar jobs are dead ends rather than stepping stones.
Me. Me and thousands of other social scientists, thinkers and futurists. All macro-economists with a clue. Pretty much half of those factory workers that many of you imagine are so stupid.Creative destruction is the engine of capitalism, and it has benefited us probably more than any other nation. But who could have imagined the shoe would now be on the other foot?
For those periods where they're not working, they are classified as unemployed.Its all a shell game anyway.
Temporary workers are a class that obscures the real numbers. I know some people who work through Manpower, Command Labor and other temporary job agencies and most of them work on a job for anywhere from a day to several weeks and then just get let go and don't work for days or weeks until called again. They are not unemployed but they are not working.