Monthly Archives: February 2017

Meetup March 21

Candice and I will be meeting March 21, at HUB mall at the University of Alberta, in one of the lounges, sometime in the late afternoon or evening (after 4:30 pm). If you want to join us (please do!) and a particular time works best for you, you can reply to this post or email me at info@basicincomeedmonton.org. Also, if you have a favourite lounge, let me know. We’ll probably meet at the one across from the coffee shop that’s open in the evening, at least to start with. I don’t remember what it’s called but will update when I do. We’ll probably also meet at 6pm because that’s what we did before, but we can change it to suit whoever’s coming.

I think we need to go back a bit, and just talk about what we want to do and where we’re at.

Also if anyone wants to meet me at another time to talk about basic income or the group, I’d be happy to meet with you.

Silicon Valley is right—our jobs are already disappearing

MOVE OVER, HUMANS. Silicon Valley is right—our jobs are already disappearing

Read that last sentence again: we’re confident that between two and three million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next fifteen years. Self-driving cars are the most obvious job-destroying technology, but there are similar innovations ahead that will dislocate cashiers, fast food workers, customer service representatives, groundskeepers, and many many others in a few short years. How many of these people will be readily employable elsewhere?

Okay, you’re thinking. But isn’t this all still in the somewhat distant future, since unemployment is only 4.6% according to the headlines? Actually, automation has already eliminated about four million manufacturing jobs in the US since 2000. And instead of finding new jobs, a lot of those people left the workforce and didn’t come back. The US labor force plummeted by about 10 million during the same period, down to levels not seen in decades. The labor participation rate is now at only 62.7%, a rate right below El Salvador and right above the Ukraine: