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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

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In times of economic depressions the first thing happening is the loss of jobs. Then one can hear the politicians promising to create jobs, if they win the next election. Unemployment is the hallmark of a economy in crisis. The stock exchange plummets first and then jobs are lost. I don’t care too much about the stock exchange. The speculators know about the risks they are taking. They have the dream of making much money in a short time and, such is life, the dream sometimes turns out to be a nightmare. More important are the people who lose their jobs. I talk about blue-collar worker and middle class people. Job creation is important. This is what we, at Nesseq, mean with Social Security. But it is equally important to create jobs with a future. It does not make much sense to create jobs, for instance, in the steel industry, if there is no steel industry to speak of. The USA and Europe were until the middle of the last century strong with steel. But that has long changed and countries in the Far East, as Japan and China, have taken over and therefore it would be senseless to invest in the USA or Europe in the steel industry. The investment today must be targeted for tomorrow. This means a lot will be different then today. Until now the economic growth and the profit maximization was the foremost goal of the economy, today we must change our attention to save energy. This imperative will change the present industry radically. The products will last longer. The Planned Obsolescence (1) will become a relict of the past. The present concept of a short life span for products demands too much energy. Also the production sites will greatly change. Instead of centralized mammoth industries local manufactures will produce decentralized. The licence holder will receive his fees but the goods will be produced locally. Thus saving a lot of transport energy.

If the goods demand less energy in general and will hold longer less will need to produced. Less people are needed in the production. This means that unemployment will grow and this is exactly the crux. New jobs must be created, this is undisputed. But why leave it to politicians and to business to decide about jobs. It is up to us, the common people, to help our self’s. We are so used to the government and bosses taking care of us, that we forgot our own powers. We just have to do what has already been done in the past, not so long ago. People did organize themselves and founded Co-operatives (2) and thus created jobs. Perhaps the concept sounds old fashioned and out of date, but it worked once quite successful and it can work again. Especially in times of economic uncertainties to rely on the proven and not on experiments might be just the right thing to do. Even in the heart land of capitalism, the USA, co-operatives existed and still exist.

The principle difference to the classical capitalist concept, one investor – big investment and the idea of the co-operative, many investors – little investment is fundamental. The investment for the individual is small and so is the profit and this is exactly the point. The co-operatives should rely more on investing less in technology and let people work!

It’s saves energy and makes a lot of people happy because they got a job! It does not mean, that this principle should replace the classical capitalist concept. It is rather meant as a supplement, as a addition to the Diversity. Of course it should be that also capitalist-minded people will invest in co-operatives. As mentioned, the investment is small and should not be a problem for wealthy people. Nevertheless, such an investment should also be interesting for wealthy. The goal is not to make financial profit but to strengthen society and it will enable us to meet the challenge of the Climate Change.

The first co-operative could be a Vegan restaurant (3) in in your neighborhood. Again we do not preach against an occasional steak, but if one is serious about fighting the Climate Change it would be advisable to eat more vegan food. The restaurant should be open for everyone, but members of the co-op will get a deduction in price. Ideally the members would regard the restaurant as a sort of canteen. If it is used frequently a lot of energy is being saved. One would not have to go to buy food, prepare it and cook it and then to quarrel with your partner who does the washing and who gets the garbage down. As I said a lot of energy could be saved. It does not mean, that people should not cook for them self, but sometimes a good meal in the canteen will be more convenient. The second co-operative could be a farming enterprise or to produce Ultra Light City Vehicles (4) and run with them a taxi company and a car rental.

The idea is to build enough co-operatives to lay the ground work for a truly ecological neighborhood.  This would create a lot of jobs and would help the environment as well!


For further reading:

1. Planned Obsolescence

2. Co-operatives

3. Vegan Diet and Climate Change

4. Ultra Light City Vehicles

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1. Wikipedia.


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  1. Side

    Whirlies… from your friendly, local, government-paid spin doctor. When your unemployment benefits run out, you get dropped from the list. Fewer people collecting does not equate to more people being employed, in this economy.

  2. Common Cents

    These are still not healthy numbers, and when they get revised it will end up over 400k as usual.

  3. big chicken

    How many people fell off of the rolls after 2 years?

    JOB ?? huh

  4. Simon

    Hotels, restaurants, banks and other service companies, which employ 90% of Americans, reduced the size of their work forces in September, according to a survey of purchasing managers conducted by the Institute of Supply Management.

    The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report will be released Friday. The last time it showed a net loss of jobs was in September 2010 — one month after the ISM’s monthly survey signaled the same trend.

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