Beginning in the mid-1960s, the priorities of the Democratic Party began to shift away from white working and middle class voters — many of them socially conservative, Christian and religiously observant — to a set of emerging constituencies seeking rights and privileges previously reserved to white men: African-Americans, women’s rights activists, proponents of ethnic diversity, sexual freedom and self-expressive individualism.
By the 1970s, many white Americans — who had taken their own centrality for granted — felt that they were being shouldered aside, left to face alone the brunt of the long process of deindustrialization: a cluster of adverse economic […]
Several years ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released an overview of the Green New Deal that mentioned guaranteeing "economic security" for people who are "unable or unwilling to work." When conservative critics noticed those last three words, they pounced. Fox News waxed poetic about the "dignity of work" and Breitbart sneered at the "self-described Democratic Socialist" whose "radical proposal" ignored that even "traditional American liberalism regarded full employment as its goal because of the importance of work to society and the individual."
Indeed, there is a deep-seated belief in American society that one’s survival is tied to work — and, thus, those […]
The idea of a universal minimum/basic income (UBI) isn’t new or nearly as radical as those both in favor and opposed to it would have you believe. Dozens of cities across the globe are either currently running or have run UBI test programs. And the results are usually positive.
Simply put: the outcomes for people who receive a UBI are typically demonstrably better than people in similar financial and economic situations who don’t.
But a significant number of people ranging from laypersons to economics experts believe that paying people for what they consider “not working” is a bad idea.The solution, of […]
Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash At General Motor’s peak in 1979, GM earned $11 billion and employed 850,000 workers. In 2012, Google earned $14 billion (1979 value) with 38,000 employees. Although technology creates new jobs, we can all agree that the employment prospects are not that bright for the labor force. Simply stated, the future is full of robots, but there are very few jobs for humans. This is surely unsettling.
As employees, we are all understandably anxious about the upcoming automation and AI revolution. As robots, machines, and algorithms do our jobs quicker and better than us, will […]
People have always moved to live, from early agrarian societies seeking fertile land to the undocumented workforce that currently powers this country’s agricultural sector. More recent, though, are the systematized and codified restrictions on that movement—telling us who can move where and for how long—and one of their preeminent categories through which this sorting is done has been the all-encompassing notion of “work.”
In the United States, where much of that migration is currently directed, there were more than 28 million foreign-born people working as of 2019, collectively comprising more than 17 percent of the country’s entire workforce. Most are […]
2020 was a terrible year for the world. 2020 was a great year for books.
Here are the books that I reviewed for IHE, along with a couple that I co-authored.
Would love to hear (in a letter to the editor, or an e-mail, or a tweet, or a TikTok, or whatever) if we read any of the same books in 2020. See you all in 2021. Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education by Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney The Low-Density University: 15 Scenarios for Higher Education by Edward Maloney and Joshua KimForeword to ‘Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to […]
There is no doubt that chatbots have completely transformed just about every industry, but now it has infiltrated the legal services industry. It’s now possible for individuals to speak with virtual lawyers online, and at no cost.
Of course, this does not mean that chatbot lawyers will ever be able to take the place of real lawyers no matter how AI advances. However, administrative and financial matters can be made simpler through automated services.
This means that lawyers are able to shift their focus to the truly significant legal matters which cannot be replaced by an automated service. This not only […]
Money Richard Youle, local democracy reporter
The replacement of the welfare system with a sum of money paid to everyone, irrespective of their means, has been endorsed by Swansea councillors.
They supported a motion which backed the concept of universal basic income (UBI) and the value of trialling it, potentially in Swansea.The motion suggested that the current welfare system was failing, and that UBI could address inequality, poverty and precarious employment by giving workers greater freedom to change their job, valuing unpaid work and removing the negative impacts of benefit sanctions.It said the success of a pilot UBI should be […]
An employee uses a robotic arm at an auto factory. In North American advanced manufacturing, the authors write, "talented hires commonly have to come through customs to reach the lab or factory floor. On the campaign trail and in front of White House cameras, President Trump talks frequently about bringing back factory jobs, steel jobs, and coal jobs. It’s a seductive idea. But if America truly wants to rebuild its manufacturing sector, its government should be actively working to outfit its workforce for the factories of the future, not the past.
How can the country’s leaders accomplish that? The first […]
Few leaders would dispute the fact that business today is driven by data and smart algorithms. Yet, rather than real digital transformation, many instead pursue digital incrementalism, using automation to cut costs or, worse — cut jobs. Doing so might buy you some time from impatient shareholders, but it will be short-lived unless you can face the challenge: How do you reimagine what you do for a new era of AI-powered competition?
The high unemployment numbers of the Covid-19 recession have obscured a systemic problem: the accelerating effect of automation on the workforce. We have been here before. In […]