Summary: Immigration was a major issue of the 2016 election, to the discomfort of America's ruling elites. Afterwards it was displaced by issues more important to them, such as stripping healthcare from millions and cutting taxes for the rich. It exists today in the media mostly in emotional "human interest" stories about "dreamers" (such labels … Continue reading Update about immigration: a hot issue in 2016, forgotten in 2017
Summary: Today we learn about all those open jobs for truck drivers, waiting for lazy Americans (or more immigrants) to fill them. It is another bogus "skills shortage" story, revealing much about how America is changing. The road to larger trucking industry profits. The plutocrat revolution against America has many fronts. One of the most important is their … Continue reading So many open jobs for truck drivers! It’s another bogus skills shortage story.
Summary: The shortage of STEM workers is a zombie myth too politically useful to die. But here's data that should kill it. Worse, it implies we might soon see a surplus of highly educated workers, undercutting the more education as a solution to automation story. We'll need to consider more radical ideas. "While there are … Continue reading Ignore the hype. There are few shortages of skilled workers in America.
Summary: Our major media tell the news from the perspective of the 1%, no matter how bogus. For example, in stories about "skills shortages" we see the New America in which employers refuse to pay market-based salaries. They assume that the reserve army of the unemployed -- refreshed by immigration -- will keep wages down. … Continue reading The airlines’ crippling pilot shortage: another bogus “skills” crisis
Summary: We're on course to repeat the mistakes of the first 2 industrial revolutions in the 3rd. The wonders of increased productivity benefit the 1%, while the middle class seeks easy but chimerical ways to preserve their way of life. Anything but the work and risk of collective political action. Today we examine the favorite … Continue reading Education is not a solution to automation