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Why the Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs After All: They Lack Common Sense

Why the Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs After All: They Lack Common Sense | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A leading scholar of labor markets says mankind has consistently feared technology’s toll on employment, and consistently been wrong.
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The interesting debate on the impact of automation on labour markets continues with this good paper by MIT researcher David Autor.

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From Occupy to Climate Justice | The Nation

From Occupy to Climate Justice | The Nation | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
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Interesting but flawed article in The Nation about the difficulties to bridge the struggle for climate stabilisation with the fight for more economic democracy and equality. There is an urgent need to clearly define the 'just transition'. The problems for the Left are related to the fact that they also have little enthusiasm to question our current way of life and the consumption society.

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Work less to pollute less? What contribution can or must working time reduction play in reducing carbon emissions?

Work less to pollute less? What contribution can or must working time reduction play in reducing carbon emissions? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

New report from the European Trade Union Institute makes the case for radical working time reduction to achieve Europe's ambitious 2050 greenhouse gas targets.

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Unions challenge G20 finance ministers to unleash green jobs investment

Unions challenge G20 finance ministers to unleash green jobs investment | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on G20 Finance ministers to drive investment of at least 2% of GDP in the green economy in the wake of independent economic analysis forecasting the potential for green jobs growth.
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How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution

How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Richard Seymour: More than 30 years of neoliberalism and six years of austerity have floored us, yet the left is incapable of mounting a serious challenge to this economic orthodoxy. Why?
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"The political possibilities have been narrowed through serial defeats of the left, the consequent incorporation of social democratic parties into the neoliberal consensus, and the transformation of state apparatus in a less democratic direction. No governing social democratic party offers a serious alternative to the austerity remedy. The diminution of practical solidarity following on from the state-led defeats inflicted on organised labour is far-reaching. Nine out of 10 private sector workplaces have never seen a union rep, let alone a picket line; the number of days lost to strike action in recent years have been, barring a relatively small spike in 2011, at historic lows. The idea of "rank and file" organisation, let alone wildcat strike action, is something seen only on the peripheries of the labour movement. Trade unions have been effectively disciplined. This is an important reason why the labour response to austerity has been so feeble."

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 28, 3:58 PM

There is, perhaps, no other field more political than economics.  Economics is politics, politics is economics.  They go hand in hand, one effecting the other, such that those with wealth have political power and those who don't are stripped of it.

 

It's  a shame that we don't move away from this hoarding behavior on the part of the rich and those who already have wealth and power. to do what actually works for everyone (including the rich, on the grand scale of things).  The environment is going to collapse under our current economic activity and, with it, will go the society, the polity and the economic wealth that went with it.  This will happen, regardless of if the society is able to overcome its malaise, to assert its democratic majority over the rich in the government.

 

Sadly, the official Left is led by a seemingly incompetent group of "yes people" who may secretly support the self-destructive endeavors of the Right.  They will neither let people who are competent at communicating to others rise in their ranks, nor will they necessarily adopt the policies that are NEEDED to preserve our world on the tangible level, not on the imagined level that the conservatives like to keep us at.

 

And so, we're left to die, individually and collectively, because no one with official power would rise to the challenge to get all of these conservatives from either party, public or private, into mental health clinics.  The opinions of conservatives from any party remain, as far as society is concerned, on an equal basis with the actual facts of the world (when they are so clearly not).  This is how civilizations end, because those who learn how to play the socially constructed game win out over those who know what the actual game is always about.  It's not the image of society that matters, but the actual conditions within it and within the environment that do.

 

That's what I've been saying these past 4 years.

 

And I doubt anyone has, or will, listen to what I have to say before it's too late to do anything about it.

 

Think about it.

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Jørgen Randers: Should paid work be rationed?

Jørgen Randers: Should paid work be rationed? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Shorter working weeks with more time spent pursuing hobbies, would help stabilise the use of planetary resources, suggests Jørgen Randers, co-author of 1972 book The Limits to Growth
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Interesting proposal in theory but what if people used their mandatory vacation for more consumption and more footprint-heavy traveling?

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The great transformation in the global labour market

The great transformation in the global labour market | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The global expansion of higher education allows work traditionally reserved for the West to be done more cheaply and just as well in emerging nations, write Phillip Brown and Hugh Lauder. The result is that the wages and working conditions of western employees no longer set the global benchmark.

 

Brilliant article in Eurozine on the global war for labour which will put even more pressure on Western wages, working conditions and employment. Must-read piece.

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How IT Costs More Jobs than It Creates - Technology Review

How IT Costs More Jobs than It Creates - Technology Review | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A new book challenges the standard view that technological advances are always good for employment.

This new study by two academics of the MIT Sloan School of Management provides some interesting food for thought on the future of work and its implications for welfare.

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