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May 03, 2005


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The trades did not receive any comments by Bill. Perhaps he should look at some of his bills to see how much he's paying. The knowledge jobs can be farmed out...but getting your toilet fixed requires someone in your home.

You know part of that may be right but is it an incomplete picture? I mean is it like saying, oh well - the bus is going to hit me anyway I'll just stand in the crosswalk? I think that while the world will search for cheap unskilled labor, there is greater price flexibility in knwoledge work. That being said, assuming you are dead-on, then it would still make sense to re-design our high schools so that we, as a nation, could produce a a greater supply of knowledge workers who would to be sure, compete in a global markeplace, but at least they'd be able to compete. Also, part of this strikes me as just the right thing to do by our people. The old model was designed with a failure rate of 75% in mind and I can of find that morally objectionable.

The really big issue is that as global capitalism seeks out knowledge workers it will find them where they are cheapest - in the Indian sub continent and China, so depite the philanthropic approach, you will still have a relatively expensive pool of redundant knowledge labour in the developed world who will still face unemployment or the reality of learning less than a family wage.

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Quoth she/he...

  • "The hallmark of revolution is that the goals of the revolutionaries cannot be contained by the institutional structure of the society they live in. As a result, either the revolutionaries are put down, or some of those institutions are transmogrified, replaced, or simply destroyed. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic." --Clay Shirky

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