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In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.
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Brilliant article in the New York Times on the opportunities and dangers of the sharing economy.

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Workers Need Sustainability, Too

Workers Need Sustainability, Too | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Even companies with broad and aggressive environmental commitments are neglecting a core component of sustainability: worker health and safety. Heather Lang reports.

 

"Growing public concern over environmental issues does not yet fully extend to social issues, particularly worker treatment. Likewise, while many companies compete over environmental leadership, social issues are often critically overlooked."

 

Very good analysis of one of the often forgotten dimensions of sustainability.

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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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EU “has the power” to put in place a universal basic income

EU “has the power” to put in place a universal basic income | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
From Martin Luther King to Erich Fromm, the universal – or unconditional – basic income (UBI) has always had its supporters. The idea is not new. But the economic crisis has brought it back to the forefront “as a solution” to the most pressing issues facing the EU today.
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Very good EurActiv report of an EESC conference in Brussels.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:11 AM

Economic wealth and liberty leads to the ability to participate in the society, polity and economy as a generally equal member.  This is not the crude "liberty" of the ability to act with impunity to the consequences of your actions, but the ability to act as a human being with all of the dignity and rights that the individual needs in order to produce a sustainable, functional and relatively prosperous society.

 

Laissez-faire policies, when left unchecked, leads to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few individuals who connive and cheat their way to the top, such that they are able to assert an undemocratic influence over a given people, regardless of their actual merit or intentions or ability to be held accountable.  Laissez-faire leads to the centralization of wealth in the hands of a few, and, as a result of that economic centraliziation, the centraliziation of power in the governmental instrument that needs to be working for everyone's interests, not just the elite's small-self perceived interests.  This is the empirical result of a wide range of historical economic research, ranging from the fall of the Roman Republic to the Second Gilded Age in which we're living at present.  Government is simply a tool for those who have economic and social power within the economy/society.  It is a neutral puppet in and of itself.  It is whomever is backing it and occupying it that gives it its actual character, especially stemming from the top executive and legislative levels.  It's influence and power is limited by the needs, wishes and sentiments of the general public of society.  It will have no more influence or control over what it is  practically and legitimately given by the members of the external society.

 

A shame that so few people understand this fact about government or society, for the sake of an ideological belief or personal interest that the ought not have.

 

Silly brains.


Think about it.

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The basic income delusion

The basic income delusion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The proponents of basic income claim that we deserve it because our societies are so rich. The problem is that this richness does not come from nowhere. A part of it is the product of a a failing but still vigorous imperial system which transfers wealth and resources from the south to the north under threat of military force. Another part come from the frenetic overexploitation of non-renewable natural resources, which basically means we have stolen it from our descendants. For what is probably the most favored class in the whole human history, past and future, to claim it deserves to divert still more resources so as to be able to live well without contributing anything is pure unadulterated entitlement."

 

Good arguments against the concept of basic minimum income.

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