Re: It’s not just the economy, stupid; it’s whether the economy is fair
Wesley Widmaier 29 Aug 2016 The Conversation
I am delighted to see “fair” and “economy” being used in the same sentence.
I wonder if the “fair” department is a tough call, considering the following ~
"In discussions about unemployment and welfare programs it is rarely mentioned that mass unemployment is required by our socio-political regime, a contemporary form of neoliberal capitalism. The Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment is a term used by economists and politicians to refer to the level of unemployment, between 4% and 6%, considered necessary to prevent inflation taking off."
How the unemployed ‘disappear’ and why it matters
Rose-Marie Stampe & David Fryer, The Conversation, 12 January 2015
If I am to accept that statement as fact, the the core problem we face is criminal level activity.
While the demand for growth drives around 5% unemployment (official) as a necessary fiscal evil, so those with can get more, while those without get less to nothing, are we are faced with a reality where the nathional bounty is being syphoned from the poor to the rich, where it is whisked away, out of the Australian economy, onto the global money markets, where is the fairness?
The created reality of the national growth addiction delivers under-employment, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, kids sleeping rough on the street and thousands of our ex-service personnel with a dustbin for a friend ~
Thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans homeless
Friday 6 March 2015 ABC News Online
Help our homeless Diggers: The disgrace of our military veterans dying on our streets
Mark Buttler Herald Sun January 5, 2015
With desperate people, adults and children, going hungry and cold in the once upon a time land of the Fair Go, can we expect an increase in crime, like home invasion? ~
Elderly man assaulted during home invasion at Goodwin Retirement Village in Canberra
ABC News Online 10 May 2016
Or homeless people being killed ~
Accused killer of homeless man was popular grammar boy who changed on drugs
Aisha Dow 8 Jan 2014 The Age
We have seen a growth in training colleges on a feeding frenzy upon the poor ~
VET has suffered 'significant reputational damage', says CEDA chief executive
ABC News Online 29 Aug 2016
Is all this to be expected, when the nation shows no moral foundation, because povery is required to keep the wheels of growth turning?
Is Australia a society, or just an economy?
Will the place be sold to China, so rich escapees can escape and live the rich life in California.
Lacking any vision for the nation, I fear that this could be too close to reality ~
Those who cannot escape may be doomed to Chinese work camps and organ mines.
In all, I wonder if our problem is simply a lack of moral conviction to deliver a Fair Go for all fellow citizens.
When the focus is all too tightly on the problem, is the solution avoided like the plague, because a Fair Go might be bad for the economy?
If we could focus on the solution to inequity and poverty at the grass roots, we may be delighted to discover a way that works far better.
If we decided to build a moral foundation for all citizens in this nation, as an individual commitment, we could seek ways to deliver real work with real pay for all able workers.
Individual working together in society could deliver on that and if a key number act, problem solved.
What would be wrong with that?
What would be right is more taxes from more people in work, so there would be a lower tax demand from each citizen.
Centrelink would be smaller, the job network could go and find work for themselves, and those scam training colleges would be dispatched into oblivion.
With a moral motivation delivering a Fair Go, there would be less motivation for petty crime, or attacks on the elderly in their homes.
We would get back to the principle of genuine service, instead of forced service as an enforced obligatory Centrelink activity.
The health of the nation would be lifted, as their would no longer be the practice of controlling, punishing, humiliating and thieving from the poor as a way for the government to maintain a growth economy.
We have a good news future, if we wake up as a nation and rediscover the meaning of a Fair Go, and our signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
We could discuss why Australia is the only advanced nation to lack a Bill of Rights.
New Zealand has a really good one.
Should we focus on a working solution for the problems of the nation, or continue to run around like headless chooks, with no idea about what to do, unless it is about keeping those wheels of growth tuning, greaced by the bodies of citizens fiscally manipulated into poverty?
We could start by being honest about what we are doing, but which politician could bring themselves to tell that truth?
I hope a moment in time will arrive when we decide that its time to fix this nation so it works for all citizens.
If I am correct, this approach will increase growth.
The alternative is to live in fear as the robot revolution removes half of current paid work over the next couple of decades.
In that future, the one we are gunning for now, those with the means will be living in forts, with robot security guards, in a police state nation ~
"Professor Osbourne specialises in machine learning and is the co-author of a study published last month that concludes 47 per cent of jobs in the US were at high risk of being replaced by automation within a generation.”
Automation to fundamentally change the job market within 20 years, says Oxford professor
Matt Eaton & Nance Haxton, 23 March 2015, ABC News Online
Shouldn’t machines be used to build and maintain a fair society?
We would first need to decide that we needed and wanted a fair society.
What should we do?