technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete.
Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the
lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one
income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the
workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities,
conditions and pay. A lot of our work is unnecessary and often
destructive — depleting resources, destroying ecosystems, polluting
air, water and soil, and fuelling climate change.
we're still working the same or more hours later into life within the
same outdated and destructive system, furiously producing, consuming
and disposing on a wheel of endless growth and conspicuous
consumption. The gap between rich and poor is widening and working
people — and those who can't find work — are falling further
behind, crushed by growing debt, increased competition for scarce
jobs and declining real wages and benefits. Many
people are tired, too stretched to become politically engaged or even
to spend as much time with family and friends as they'd like, and the
grinding consumer cycle doesn't bring them real joy or fulfilment.
deserve credit for many gains working people have enjoyed over the
past century or more, they also merit some criticism. In the face of
technological advances and globalization, unions have failed to fight
for steadily reduced work hours although lately it's more fighting to
prevent drastic cuts to jobs, wages and benefits.
a management perspective (the only perspective that counts)
it is easier to manage one worker doing 60 hours a week than two
doing 30 each. It's all about what works best for them and their
profits. Nothing else really comes into the picture
lot needs to be done to our economic systems and to address critical
issues like pollution and climate change.
Many reformists are now proposing gradual piece-meal ameliorations
many of those will remain just that – proposals and won't be
implemented to any significant degree under capitalism. Capitalism
wants you ignorant and desperate, able to work at your job, but not
able to see what's at the heart of the system and therefore not able
to work at changing it. Under this system people are financially
stretched to the limit, tired, worried and fed a steady diet of media
and consumerist indoctrination. They are left intentionally confused
but always feeling a vague confidence in the system, because they
have been told their entire lives that it is fine and fair and "the
way it is" and that you only sink or swim based on individual
talent and effort. Until people are able to comprehend what is going
on behind the curtain of disinformation and deception, they are
helpless. The capitalist system is well aware that if you give people
security and time, they will start to get ideas that you don't want
them to have. These things, along with decent education, are
intentionally withheld for the health of the system.