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Look: when the pandemic crisis is over, 30% of the world will either be unemployed or working for governments.

This isn’t after an Artificial General Intelligence Singularity in the distant future.

It’s next year.

Governments will get to choose between unemployment or government job creation. Governments that choose unemployment – that leave 30% of their population out of work – will collapse. Possibly their nations will collapse with them. Nations with 30% unemployment don’t function. More importantly, nations with 30% unemployment can’t do the capacity-creation work that will make them resilient to the next crisis, leading to a civilization-threatening death spiral of collapse-disaster-collapse-disaster.

One side effect of this is that it thoroughly forecloses on the dream of a General AI. Societies whose primary industry is digging through rubble for canned goods while drinking your own urine to survive do not make fundamental AI breakthroughs.

The 30% unemployment ”solution” solves nothing, but what about a jobs guarantee?

The 30% who are working under federal jobs programs will have working lives completely decoupled from the workings of the market. The movements of markets – particularly financial markets – will be irrelevant to everyone except for a group of weird, chart-watching, twitchy nerds who fulfill the boring job of capital allocation to an increasingly irrelevant section of the economy.

Banking will once again be a safe sinecure for the unambitious, none-too-bright children of wealthy families, the kind of people who want four weeks paid vacation a year, to clock out every day at 4:45 p.m., and never want to work weekends.

Can we imagine a jobs guarantee? You might find it hard to believe that we will find the political will to simply procure the labor of people who have no jobs. Even in the face of a climate crisis that desperately needs that labor to prevent the destruction of our cities, our civilization and our species, it’s hard to imagine that kind of ambitious program.

But honestly, if we’re going to dream, let’s dream big: I can see a path from here to a federal jobs guarantee. I don’t see a path from here to a General AI. If we’re going to imagine a General AI future, let’s imagine that one of the changes we make along the way is to abandon the toxic austerity worship of the neoliberal era. If we can manage that one simple trick – the trick of adding zeroes to a spreadsheet in a central bank computer – then we have no automation employment crisis.

Which is really good news, because that will free us up to address the actual crisis that we face.
Keynes once proposed that we could jump-start an economy by paying half the unemployed people to dig holes and the other half to fill them in.

No one’s really tried that experiment, but we did just spend 150 years subsidizing our ancestors to dig hydrocarbons out of the ground. Now we’ll spend 200-300 years subsidizing our descendants to put them back in there.

More at https://locusmag.com/2020/07/cory-doctorow-full-employment/

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polarbear4
polarbear4

😂😂😂

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humphrey

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jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/07/alarming-some-small-businesses-received-just-1-covid-19-relief-loans-kushner-family

The Kushner family, large chains backed by private equity, Wall Street investors, Kanye West, members of Congress, and the law firm that represented President Donald Trump during the Mueller probe were among the thousands of beneficiaries of a Covid-19 relief program aimed at rescuing struggling small businesses and keeping workers employed, according to new federal data released Monday.

While the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) data disclosure reveals just a fraction of recipients of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, critics voiced concern that large, wealthy firms were able to readily access millions of dollars in relief funds as more vulnerable companies frequently received less money than they applied for—or nothing at all.

“Serious questions remain about whether PPP funds were equitably distributed to minority-owned businesses, and there is an alarming rate of small-dollar loans,” John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of advocacy group Small Business Majority, said in a statement. “Nationally, a total of more than 21,800 small businesses, many with multiple employees, received a loan for under $1,000.”

“To raise eyebrows even more,” Arensmeyer added, “more than 1,200 of those businesses received less than $100—with some receiving loans as low as $1.00! Underfunding has been a pervasive problem for borrowers since PPP launched.”

As the American Prospect’s David Dayen pointed out on Twitter, it’s not as if the $660 billion program was not sufficiently funded to provide small businesses with the relief they requested. At the previous PPP loan application deadline on June 30, more than $130 billion in funding remained in the tank. Last month, Congress extended the application deadline to August 8.

“The problem, in other words, is the incompetent filtering of the program through private sector banks because we’ve hollowed out public sector benefit delivery,” wrote Dayen.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/506151-dallas-megachurch-that-hosted-pence-approved-for-millions-in-coronavirus-aid

A Dallas megachurch that hosted Vice President Pence last month amid the coronavirus pandemic was approved for millions of dollars in federal aid.

First Baptist Dallas was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Monday.

Pence spoke at the church last month at an event dubbed “Celebrate Freedom Rally” with a crowd of 2,000 people. The church has a maximum capacity of about 3,000.

Its pastor, Robert Jeffress, has also been on President Trump’s evangelical advisory board, Reuters noted.

The Dallas church was one of tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in SBA coronavirus aid, according to the news service.

phatkhat

So much for separation of church and state. This and the religious schools getting money makes me madder than anything!! As an atheist, I really, really have a problem with ANY of my taxes being used to religiously indoctrinate children.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

With the corporate media and a cooperative “opposition” party on their side, there is no reason to even pretend that they are acting for the common good.

polarbear4
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polarbear4
polarbear4

this day also calls for all of the BLM demands. 🧵

polarbear4
polarbear4

People are voting for Republicans now. You have to hand it to Republicans for taking over the Democratic Party. They did what we could not.

orlbucfan

That infiltration went into overdrive in 1980. It organized in 1965.

polarbear4
polarbear4

😂

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humphrey

orlbucfan

I’ll believe it when he croaks.

humphrey

This is a few days old but it boggles my mind!😮

https://reprieve.org.uk/press/us-government-claims-american-journalist-has-no-right-to-challenge-its-decision-to-assassinate-him/?utm_content=buffer41cdc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The US Government has asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm the dismissal of American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem’s challenge to his Government’s apparent decision to assassinate him without telling him why, or affording him the constitutional right to due process.

Mr Kareem is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards, who grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, and used to be a stand-up comedian in New York City. He has been reporting on the conflict from Syria since it began. In 2016, he narrowly escaped being killed on five separate occasions, including two strikes on cars he was travelling in and a further two strikes on the headquarters of his news agency, On The Ground News. He believes the US Government has mistakenly identified him as a terrorist for interviewing armed groups in Syria, a vital part of his journalistic work. Bilal exposes the untold stories of the Syria conflict and aims to build cross-cultural dialogue between East and West. He was inspired by his mother, Phyliss Phelps – a journalist during the civil rights era and a lifelong member of the NAACP and Rainbow Coalition.

In June 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Mr Kareem had presented a plausible case that he had been placed on the ‘kill list’ – and that, if true, then the Government must afford him ordinary due process rights, rejecting the suggestion that this was a solely “political question” delegated to the president. However, on a second motion to dismiss the US Government succeeded on the grounds that the case could not be heard without reference to state secrets, the disclosure of which would prejudice national security. The district court’s dismissal of Mr Kareem’s case means that the government may target an American journalist in secret, without reference to the US Constitution.

Mr Kareem appealed the district court’s decision to the US Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing that whether a US journalist is on the kill list should not be a “state secret” and that the lower court’s ruling simply allows for the death penalty without any due process. The US Government filed its brief in response to Mr Kareem’s appeal last evening, asserting that the need to preserve “state secrets” trumps a US citizen’s constitutional right to life and that the case poses a political rather than a legal question – the latter argument one that was failed in the district court. At a time when the presumption of guilt and state sanctioned violence dominates our news feeds, Bilal Abdul Kareem is simply asking ‘Are you trying to kill me? And if so, why?’

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Wow!!

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/politics/trump-administration-pandemic-immigration-changes/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Politics%29

The Trump administration’s changes to the US immigration system during the pandemic have been swift and sweeping.

Many measures were initially billed as temporary but have been extended repeatedly as coronavirus continues to spread. And it’s likely there’s more to come as the 2020 election looms.

The latest change came on Monday, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced new rules for international students.

Critics accuse the administration of using the pandemic as a pretext to enact unnecessary immigration restrictions and advance particularly harsh policies that had struggled to gain momentum prior to the public health crisis. Trump maintains he’s making good on his core campaign promise to put America first.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

“Never let a crisis go to waste.” — Rahm Emmanuel as Obama Administration Chief of Staff