Because it stridently took the traditional historians of Africa and the prevailing neo-colonial order to task, it was also vociferously criticized by the defenders of the status quo. In these neoliberal times, its visibility has waned.
The authors here say the left needs to similarly have a long term plan to change the paradigm our society takes for granted and therefore to change what is considered to be common sense. The authors idea is to change the way we think about fundamental problems and to therefore reinvent the future.
Part of the argument here is that too much of what has passed for left progressive action in the past has been grossly ineffectual.
The Occupy Movement, the anti-war movement prior to the Iraq War — none of these came close to achieving their objectives. One of the proposals is to shift-the-debate, shift-common-sense by getting the left to stop calling for full employment, but to rather call for full unemployment.
That is, the expectation underlying this book is that automation is about to destroy most jobs anyway — so that rather than focusing on how to find ways to keep people employed, we should be looking for how best to manage a world without work.
Inventing the paradigm for the future year my eldest daughter and I went to a discussion on a UBI organised by my University — it was mostly in favour and most of the people speaking were left-ish. One was an American academic who sounded to me a bit like John Denver.
Anyway, rather than filling up my senses, he said some really interesting things about how a UBI would make the world a better place.
One of the things it would do would be to make almost all jobs better. His argument being that at present capitalist have incentives to make jobs as boring and as awful as possible. This is because most of us are wage slaves, you know, a week or so away from financial ruin — so, he said we have no option but to accept jobs as they come.
Another benefit of a UBI would be that people who have been displaced by the increasingly rapid disruptions technological change has brought about would be able to support themselves and might even be able to pay to acquire the new skills would need if they are ever to get back into the job market.
New Start has not been increased for 25 years — by either side of politics, not even the Australian Labor Party labour only in name, neoliberal in all other ways. It is so self-evidently impossible to live on this allowance, that even businesses are calling on it to be increased. We only get away with this because this allowance is for the poor and any services for the poor inevitably becomes a poor services a universal rule is confirmed yet again.
But because everyone would receive a UBI there is motivation for the whole of society to ensure it is set at a reasonable rate. One thing is utterly clear — we are in for major disruptions and the new jobs are likely to require significantly different skills to those most people currently hold.
So, some form of ongoing learning is going to prove necessary, even if the best of all possible scenarios plays out and jobs suddenly become plentiful again.
As such, a UBI would seem to help alleviate this problem. The other blindingly obvious fact of the world over the last few decades has been growing inequality. Inequality is accelerating and it really does need to be addressed.Term Papers, Inventing The Paradigm For The Future Of Public Administration In Ghana - Reverberations From The Past And Lessons Of Today.
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