The Culture War and the Jobs Crisis
This is a long article and far too intelligent for the average reader. But it kept my interest and I read it all – and as they say: nothing succeeds like success.
It is a summary of the author’s book The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics. It makes liberals (like me) hopeful when he speaks of the Culture War – a feeling we have almost forgotten. But then pours on the cold water when he talks about the Jobs Crisis. He ends this way:
Does the new and enlarged Democratic coalition have the capacity to re-engineer capitalism to produce sustained economic growth while working toward social justice?
This is a lot to ask of our political system – or any political system. It’s a lot to ask of the human race – which has never been able to get its act together properly.
I, for one, am suspicious of any talk of re-engineering capitalism – whose present motives are baffling – and does not seem to be interested in its own survival.
The outlook for jobs is grim. If I were younger (55 instead of 75) I would become a programmer again. But I would have the same old problem – I would ask “What’s in this for me (as a person)?” And the answer would be the same – Nothing! The world (including the Computer world) is not set up for people.