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Work and Digitalization and A Corpse Governs Society

On the 2018 Day of Labor, many were worried. No one can deny digitalization affects work. Artificial intelligence greatly changes many professions and whole branches. Well-paid jobs become scarcer. Rebuilding the social state seems necessary for demographic and digitalization reasons. Capitalism's blind flight through history is ending. Injections of $18 trillion from 2000 kept the financial markets alive. These financial markets are in the intensive care unit.
WORK AND DIGITALIZATION


The Disappearance of the Middle Class


By Sascha Lobo


[This article published on May 1, 2018 is translated abridged from the German on the Internet,  http://www.spiegel.de.]


On the 2018 Day of Labor, many are worried. No one can deny digitalization affects work. Nevertheless, the effect in Germany seems manageable...


The $400,000 Middle Class


In the next years, digitalization, robotics and artificial intelligence will not bring about a total revolutionary change of the work society that is often described as threatening. Rather, they strengthen the capitalism effects that we have long known.


Artificial intelligence is not the end of work but favors the further spreading of work in comparatively few highly-paid jobs and a multitude of poorly-paid jobs. An extreme manifestation of this development occurs around Silicon Valley... Apartments for average wage-earners are completely unaffordable. Silicon Valley has become so expensive that people with $400,000 annual earnings seriously think they are "middle class."


A Well-Known Phenomenon


... Many more warehouse workers are employed at Amazon than software developers. That is the reality of digitalization.


Ever more warehouse workers are replaced by robots. Certain jobs obviously fall away. Artificial intelligence greatly changes many professions and whole branches.


In the debate around work, the effect of digitalization is projected on particular jobs - truck drivers, tax advisors and lawyers. Seemingly sensible predictions are made in this way: "A bus driver who loses his job will not become a virtual-reality designer." No, obviously not. But a hundred years ago, stokers whose jobs were replaced by automation did not become architects. The labor market functions differently. Many persons are forced into jobs in which accepting poor pay is the crucial characteristic in their training...


A Godot problem that may arise some time or other is not the focus. In the meantime, the middle class is thinned out. Less qualified persons only gain jobs that barely enable them to survive. To provide for a family, one needs more money than many people can gain.


This old problem can become much worse through digitalization without countermeasures. Look at the salary difference between the developer-dominated Facebook and the worker-dominated Amazon.


Well-paid jobs become scarcer


My perspective on work in the coming digitalization is social, not technological. Social state structures, education and further training have far greater influence than technologies on the future of work of individual persons.


The question on policy toward work and digitalization may not mean: what do we do with those who do not find any work through digitalization but rather how do we deal with low earners. Their number will increase across all occupations and particularly with the lower-skilled.


On the surface, good paying jobs disappear, not work. This phenomenon has been underway for a long while and is felt very concretely by the populace. In the 20th century, a middle class family could afford a house in a population center. This does not happen anymore today. Many factors underlie this development that only indirectly affects the labor market: globalization, the real estate market and financing mechanisms. But the developments of work through digitalization strengthen this trend.


The Improbably Rebuilding


In my opinion, no one is removed from this social problem. I have become more skeptical toward the basic income idea in the last years (without excluding it entirely) because it shifts the problem of the change of work. Perhaps it is a solution for a problem that will never occur as feared.


Rebuilding the social state appears necessary for demographic and digitalization reasons, for example in guarding the independent or in adjusting to the very diverse life designs of average employees. But such a change is hardly likely because many people fear more damage than future-friendliness will arise.


Everyone is worried on the 2018 Day of labor. But they are not so concerned that anything will fundamentally change.


A CORPSE GOVERNS SOCIETY


The "Black Book of Capitalism" and the "Manifesto Against Labor"


By Alfred Baumann


[This article published on January 8, 2000 is translated from the German on the Internet,  http://www.heise.de.]


The German government says "creating jobs" is "social-political challenge Nr. 1." Authors of the journal "Krisis" were recently on a lecture tour with their "Manifesto against Labor." Robert Kurz, the head of the group, has now presented a matching "Black Book of Capitalism."


Some SPD members wanted to simply abolish capitalism. This is astonishing since nearly all Germans still believe in Erhard's "Prosperity for everyone." Today, the market economy shows us its teeth. Hardly anything is as undesirable as fundamental economic criticism.


Therefore, it was surprising to read recently in Die Zeit (moderate German weekly journal) that the "Black Book of Capitalism" is "the most important publication of the last ten years in Germany."


A "Farewell to the Market Economy"


The praised book comes from the Nurnberg journalist Robert Kurz and discusses the contradictions of our economic system. The metamorphoses of capitalism during its three industrial revolutions are analyzed on 800 pages. State socialism (that the author holds as "flesh of capitalist flesh") comes on the political-economic dissecting table alongside liberalism, neoliberalism, social democracy, and fascism.


The market economy is totalitarian, Kurz argues, a despotism of the inexorable end-in-itself of capital exploitation. Each and everyone must submit to the principle "making more money out of money: in the course of his or her "world career." Modern industrial countries are like social machines devouring culture and nature for the production of abstract wealth. Instead of determining its future, humanity acts as a slave of its own economic actions.


Service to mammon makes people wealthier. Costs and damages belong to the nature of the capitalist production method.


The book's subtitle is also meant very literally: "Farewell to the Market Economy." Kurz made the following prediction: "Capitalism has reached the end of its blind flight through history. It can only be smashed to pieces." He takes the reason from Marx's "law of the falling profit rate."



As everybody knows, Marx argued industrialization infects capitalism with the germ of its destruction. Increasing mechanization of production leads indirectly and unintentionally to the melting away of profit margins. Because individual commodities represent more and more "constant capital" and less and less profit," the market must be extended continuously to maintain a certain "profit level."


In Robert Kurz' opinion, we are living through a time when the growth spaces of this expansion drive are finally used up. He does not deny that the economy (still) flourishes in areas. But this is an "illusory boom." Via the stock market, the system has largely transformed into an "economy of simulation." The business foundation of "made-up speculative capitalism" leads to a bright fictional future. But the expectations inherent in speculation today are by no means fulfilled in the real economy.


The material basis of the merely "virtually bubbling profits" faces its collapse. The conditions of human existence are so permanently damaged that the gate to barbarism is now wide open. "A radical countermovement, as the Black Book of Capitalism concludes, "is the result of the unstoppable de-civilization of the world."


Labor - the "behavioral disturbance"


Robert Kurz was not a solo journalist. With a group of fellow disputants, he edited the Krisis journal since the middle of the 1980s.


To give effectiveness to their radical capitalism criticism, members of the editorial team took to the lecture circuit. A discussion about the "work society was offered the public with which the crisis people tried to get even in their Manifesto against Labor.


The social institution "labor" always enjoyed high esteem among leftists and was seen as a "universal historical necessity." A long tradition of "workers' movement Marxism" organized around a cult. The political goal was to help labor and the "working multitude" (in contrast to capital) to their historical rights.


The "Crisis" theoreticians understood this as a blatant mistake. The criticism of conditions should begin with labor. Labor and capital were merely two sides of the same coin - the end-in-itself production of abstract money wealth.


An historical final stage began with the start of the "micro-electronic revolution." "For the first time, more work was rationalized away than could be profitably created."


The survival of the work cult was nowhere more obvious than in the desperate belief in a jobs miracle in a totally-flexibilized service society. But the real core of this business dystopia consists in the brave new world of the "working poor who shine the shoes of the remaining businessmen of the dying work society, sell them contaminated hamburgers or guard their shopping centers."


Still, the winner minority of high-tech and media-professionals envision a total service world through abstract wealth leading to "self-realization" and "challenge fun."


The exquisitely paid elites can offer little to the work society. In the "Manifesto," it says: "No ruling caste in history has ever led such an unfree and miserable life as the rushed managers of Microsoft, Daimler-Chrysler or Sony. Every medieval owner of an estate would have deeply despised these people. While he would have allowed himself leisure and squandered his wealth more or less orgiastically, the elites of the work society do not grant themselves any pauses."


The conclusion from the "crisis of labor" could only be: "We need a rational use of productive forces that grows beyond the work society and goods production, not employment."


An Internet-supported council republic instead of barbarism


The crisis theoreticians see no possibility under free enterprise conditions. In a publication from the early 1990s, Kurz remarked on the hopes of a reformist left to give a human-friendly face to capitalism: "St. Martin could share his coat with the freezing but the money of the world cannot be justly distributed or spent on account of its own functional laws."


The only remaining historical chance is the realization of the Marxist dream of a rule-free society of producers agreeing on the production of practical; values. The womb of capitalist conditions hatches the presuppositions for this, Robert Kurz said.


"Under the conditions of the third industrial revolution, "councils" could replace the money form and anonymous markets. Micro-electronics supplies the possibility of an all-round communicative linkage that can easily replace all rule centers of "vertical human management."


He regarded as probably that "the future music has really been outplayed." The catastrophe steamer Titanic on the homepage of the Krisis group is hardly hope-energizing or activating.


RELATED LINKS


Ernst Wolff, "A World Dependent on Central Banks," April 2018,
 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/12/18808407.php

"Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges," April 2018,
 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/09/18808356.php

"The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion,"  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/20/18808617.php

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The Failure of Society ... 22.May.2018 11:12

The Red 'X' Society

by Tracy Mapes
May, 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO,Ca-In America, we are taught that #1 is the only position to hold. That the Man with the most money at the end of the game wins. That effective marketing is the key to prosperity and a bright future. The more you sell, the more you will be rewarded.

Unfortunately, American Capitalism is built on the model of profit by self destruction. Unlike the farmer who tends his crops, or Sheepherder tends his flock, American Capitalism feeds on the Population without regard to its well being. It never takes the time or opportunity to recognize the systems that defeat its primary goal of profit.

American Business should be the primary care provider and understanding party when it comes to the plight of the poor, mechanization, robotics, computerized targeted advertising, automated billing, etc.

Business often lobbies congress or the state for fair regulation, deregulation, and even legislated requirements to sell their products or services.

This self-centered investment of intent to wrap themselves in a profit based security blanket, forgets to protect the primary source of income. The labor force and the consumer. Without protection from the predatory sources of the the downfall of the Individual, the only thing one needs to calculate is how soon the system will fail.

Primary concerns and demands by American Business should include the Protection of All Citizens to have the opportunity for success.

Too many demands are being placed upon the Individual to allow them to be sustained as effective consumers and keepers of their own Families or Household. This greatly amplifies the pressure on the ability for Business to maintain a guaranteed environment of business success.

These primary concerns that have to be addressed?

Judicial System - Family Court - Law-Enforcement
These entities have become one of the primary predatory destroyers of Community and the Prosperity of the American way of Life.

They impose punishments that cripple Individuals, Families, Small Businesses without the long term implications of their detriment to the loss of decades of viable workers for the labor force, the extended burden they create by forcing individuals into welfare, homelessness, etc.

In a World where many of our American Citizen's are less than 1 paycheck away from being homeless due to a lack of savings resources or familial safety net, a single $400 traffic court judgement against 1 person can destroy the futures of an entire Family. If we apply the exponential costs to Society that implies, it has the potential to create 1 to 5 persons that get forced into a welfare situation that could render those individuals as in-effective consumers for over 70 years.

All for a speeding violation or lack of ability to afford auto insurance, and sooner or later health care.

This destruction means that government has placed Itself above the Welfare of the People, and with Over 40 Million Americans on Food Subsistence recipients, this simple to remedy item is of having Big Business shutdown these Government Abuses and senseless destroyers of Our Nation's ability to rebuild and sustain both Families and Consumer viability.

The one thing that People who have not failed yet because of this practice of exorbitant penalty, is the fact that they were doing their very best to pay their own way, before a system came and knocked them to their knees.

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Next? Targeted Marketing

We as a people are inundated with Ads for the last thing we searched for on the Internet, yet both Big Business and Government has failed to utilize the same technology that strips every dollar from the American Consumer's Pocket, to find those without employment a job set for their skill in their own community. The same computer horse power that fuels the NSA's Domestic Spy Program could be utilized to find people, not only a new job, but maybe even the one they have in the future as their skill set increases.


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Foreign Trade Tariff's

Foreign Trade Tariffs should be eliminated. It is a Mathematical Win for the American Economy.

Many People in the United States are only allowed the comfort of maintaining their day to day lives because or the life tools provided by the benefit of cheap over seas labor. The detrimental effects of increasing the price of foreign imports is that the Families or Individuals surviving by their use will have less money to spend on goods and services with their own communities.

This means that the sustaining of viable Family Units is far more beneficial to the sustenance of American Business than creating a more challenging environment for the consumer because American Labor cannot compete with foreign labor. Adding further Cost Burdens upon the Consumer to Survive and have a good life, would be akin to a One Legged Man cutting off his other leg to lose weight.

One story I like to relay on occasion is the time that I had to replace a Starter Motor on my Car in 1982. I went to Grand Auto to purchase the part, and I needed some tools to install the Starter Motor. There was a cheap $6 Dollar 40 piece set of Ratchets and Sockets from Korea. I looked at the other tools too. American made, and about $40 Dollars. The point is, the final outcome taught me a lifetime lesson that has never been forgotten to this day. I could afford the tools I needed to fix my Car, and get the Starter Motor I needed to get my Car down the road. This meant purchasing the cheaper foreign made tools. But the point is, I could afford to fix the Car, and go to work to become a viable part of the economy again.

In our country, we are always putting the cart before the horse. The Solutions are all right here in front of us, if we would only look.


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Education

We have to re-invent Education, and stop teaching our children that there is only One Winner. That We, as a People, can Win Together. That when your neighbor Wins, You Win too!

Say! How can that Be! In a Highly Competitive Capitalistic Society!

It can be, because the importance of your neighbor succeeding, or the Business across the street succeeding, is the overall health of the Community in which we live. We may not all have it all, all of the Time, but maybe we will have what we need when we need it because we cared for the welfare of our neighbor.

I made a speech once to some young college students. I said, "that this 1 Winner takes all way of looking at the World has to end, because while you've been taught there is only 1 Number One, I want you to look around this room at the other 30 People you share this classroom with. They are the losers that you plan on building your future with, So I suggest you learn how to Win together."

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All this from an unknown genius on the order of Da Vinci himself. Homeless, and Unsuccessful on the outside, and most likely going to be spending a year in county jail for painting an upside down American Flag on a Freeway Wall to Warn the Public of the Criminal Corruption that has pervaded my Community and Nation.


My Crime? ...Caring too much, when no one else seems to give a fuck. - Tracy Mapes