The very new strategy of the currently futurist Buccaneers is the abolition of any sort of employment. We already know that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good man say: “It’s just Business.” This human plight, in an exemplary way, is better described by Furio Colombo whose article has been translated here into proper English by the Lawinwordsblog professionals.
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Abolition of employment? Just a strategy!
By Furio Colombo 24 September 2017
When entering a bank branch in Italy today you will find yourself in an overcrowded room with people waiting while holding a calling number for the availability of the only worker at the service desk window. In his/her own time, this sole worker has to process the paperwork at hand. And you, in the meanwhile, have to contribute to the streamlined and simplified operation of that bank branch with your own job.
Each of us, when entering a bank, works for the bank, which has dismissed all of the “redundant” (the other readily available employees) and in so doing has shifted the task from the bank to the clients while increasing its own profits and forcing its clients to offer their time. That is, working for free. Most of the train stations offer the same working model charging those who, once upon a time, were the customers to be served.
I am not talking about the ticket booths replaced by the web years ago. I am saying that people are on their own, doing everything on their own, and being observed by video cameras and cheered up by the advertising there. But no service is in sight other than private and for sale. That is, available or not according to its own private rules.
Elders, the handicapped, children, oversized luggage – they are not taken into consideration. Once human service has been placed second to good budgetary policy there is no return. The problem turns into a nightmare (obviously more so at night) in the stations with routes through not of secondary importance.
You can find yourself in front of totally empty facilities. They are fairly complex with several points of departure and arrival with the need to match the various routes and train destinations. There, one discovers that every door and window is closed and not a customer service agent or a police officer is to be seen. Of course, every change of rail track requires you to gain access via an uninviting underpass. The TV monitor together with the voice from the loudspeaker coming from another place is the only contact with the outer world. This is not a form of ‘self-service’ supported by new technology. This is just nothingness.
Here we come to understand the sense and logic of what is happening with Ryanair. The big Irish enterprise of “low-cost” air travel has been a radical and great idea like that of the Zuckerberg Facebook. It has invented the dependent passenger.
They pay a tad and they do everything by themselves other than the takeoff, the flight itself and the landing in conditions that are like scenes in the movies. However, these passengers are at the disposal of the enterprise, which postpones arrivals and departures, cancels flights and puts them on hold. Thousands of people are piled up in the various terminals of the world until a point of convenience is reached in order to authorize the flight departures.
The “low cost” secret is unveiled here. It is not just a question of remote airports and the choice of a less expensive time of departure (that is less comfortable) and lower wages for the crew. The passengers themselves are at the mercy of the company.
That is, they reimburse the company with part of the seemingly low-cost ticket by tolerating glitches and sacrificing time and place. These stories have their own moral.
They reveal that jobs (the employment job) have not disappeared. They have not been abolished and they have not been stolen by immigrants and robots. There has instead been a change of scenario in which the idea has prevailed that a job for life is no longer necessary. The idea has prevailed (fostered for decades since the last phase of the Industrial Revolution) whereby paying for staff is a wasteful expense which compromises companies.
There were times without women. Women were obviously present but they meant nothing and were supposed to be little more than a piece of decoration. This was an epoch without children. Even the great art of painting of this memorable period depicted few children, sometimes in asymmetric sizes, from the habit of disregarding such subjects who were not seen as part of society. There have been times based exclusively on the use of force or scientific speculation.
For decades now, the revival of rapacious capitalism has resulted in an ever-increasing tendency to redraw the world without jobs. Enough with a counterparty on the other side of the table! Many economists (even Nobel laureates and not all ‘liberal’) have warned about the lack of equilibrium that would follow when abandoning human jobs as the co-protagonist of progress.
The argument is not “needed-not needed”. It is instead that the necessary and sustainable development for improvement will not be there without both of our legs (management and machines without human jobs). Development will not be there, and not on account of a lack of arms, but rather for the absence of brains. Human activity is the primary explanation for the period of the greatest expansion of progress of any advances of the world. Either human jobs are retrieved as part of the managerial, political and intellectual strategy, or there will not be any growth at all.
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