Article 43

 

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Welcome

Welcome to article43.com - a memorial to the layed off workers of (PRE SBC MERGER) AT&T, and the disappearing MIDDLE CLASS citizens of America.  It is NOT endorsed or affiliated with AT&T or the CWA in any way.

This sticky post was written the day we appeared on the internet in 2004.

In addition to INFORMATION, resources and opinion for former AT&T workers DEALING WITH the EFFECTS OF LAYOFF and looking for meaningful employment, some articles here are meant to bring into awareness the LARGER PICTURE of corporate dominance of the UNITED STATES’ political and economic policies which brazenly DISREGARDS, disrespects and EXPLOITS worker, citizen and HUMAN RIGHTS under masks like FREE TRADE and the PATRIOT ACT - resulting in a return to a society of very rich and very poor dominated by a few very rich and powerful - whose voices are anything but - for the people. If left UNCHALLENGED, the self-serving interests of those in control may result in the end of DEMOCRACY, the end of the middle class, irreversible ENVIRONMENTAL damage to the planet, and widespread global poverty brought on by exploitation and supression of the voices of common people EVERYWHERE, while the United States turns into a REINCARNATION of the ROMAN EMPIRE.  Author Thom Hartmann shares some history and outlines some basic steps to return our country to “The People” in his two articles TEN STEPS TO RETURN TO DEMOCRACY and SAVING THE MIDDLE CLASS. I support CERNIG’S idea for a new POLITICAL MOVEMENT - if not a revolution to cleanse our country of the filth ruling it - as we EVOLVE into a GLOBAL community - assuming we learn the THE LESSONS OF OUR TIME and don’t DESTROY CIVILIZATION first.

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Resumes of layed off AT&T workers are posted for free HERE.

Information on the Pension Class Action Lawsuit against AT&T is HERE.  More pension-related articles are HERE.

Links to some Telecom companies’ career pages are HERE.

Click HERE to learn a little about Article 43 and why I loathe the CWA.
Click HERE or HERE to learn what the CWA did when given a chance to do the right thing.
Click HERE for a glimpse of undemocratic and hypocritical CWA practices.
Click HERE for an article on Corporate Unionism.
Click HERE for an article of AFL-CIO’s undemocratic history.

If you’re looking for telco nostalgia, you won’t find it here.  Check out THE CENTRAL OFFICE, BELL SYSTEM MEMORIAL, MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATIONS, TELEPHONE TRIBUTE, and THE READING WORKS websites instead.

This site can disappear anytime if I run out of money to pay for luxuries like food, health care, or internet service.

Discernment of truth is left to the reader - whose encouraged to seek as much information as possible, from as many different sources as possible - and pass them through his/her own filters - before believing anything.

...the Devil is just one man with a plan, but evil, true evil, is a collaboration of men…
- Fox Mulder, X Files

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.
- John F. Kennedy

Today my country, your country and the Earth face a corporate holocaust against human and Earthly rights. I call their efforts a holocaust because when giant corporations wield human rights backed by constitutions and the law (and therefore enforced by police, the courts, and armed forces) and sanctioned by cultural norms, the rights of people, other species and the Earth are annihilated.
- Richard L. Grossman

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
- Albert Einstein

He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.
- Aquinas

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Bishop Desmond Tutu

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

If we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
- Albert Einstein

Solidarity has always been key to political and economic advance by working families, and it is key to mastering the politics of globalization.
- Thomas Palley

As we head into the next depression, fueled by selfish corporate greed, and a corrupt, SOCIOPATHIC US government, MIKE WHITNEY wrote a solution in 2007 that makes a lot of sense to me :

The impending credit crisis cant be avoided, but it could be mitigated by taking radical steps to soften the blow. Emergency changes to the federal tax code could put more money in the hands of maxed-out consumers and keep the economy sputtering along while efforts are made to curtail the ruinous trade deficit. We should eliminate the Social Security tax for any couple making under $60, 000 per year and restore the 1953 tax-brackets for Americans highest earners so that the upper 1%-- who have benefited the most from the years of prosperity---will be required to pay 93% of all earnings above the first $1 million income. At the same time, corporate profits should be taxed at a flat 35%, while capital gains should be locked in at 35%. No loopholes. No exceptions.

Congress should initiate a program of incentives for reopening American factories and provide generous sufbsidies to rebuild US manufacturing. The emphasis should be on reestablishing a competitive market for US exports while developing the new technologies which will address the imminent problems of environmental degradation, global warming, peak oil, overpopulation, resource scarcity, disease and food production. Off-shoring of American jobs should be penalized by tariffs levied against the offending industries.

The oil and natural gas industries should be nationalized with the profits earmarked for vocational training, free college tuition, universal health care and improvements to then nations infrastructure.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Millionaire Politicians Begging for Donations

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As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO performance bonuses, have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.
- Paul Craig Roberts, Truth Has Fallen And Has taken Liberty With It, March 10, 2010

We’re less than 100 days from the 2020 presidential election.

As a registered and involved democrat, I get tons of spam from our elected MILLIONAIRE POLITICIANS who claim to support and represent people like me and you.

All they do - like the icy JOE BIDEN and SMOOTH-TALKING Present Obama did, when I asked those two to help the LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED by allowing us to take our 401Ks out WITHOUT PAYING a PREMATURE WITHDRAWAL penalty - is ask for money.  In letters that look like they were written by five year olds.

Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020
From: “Barack” <dccc(at)dccc.org>
Reply-To: dccc(at)dccc.org
To: me
Subject: PLEADING with you, Elvis

Elvis, the stakes have NEVER been higher.

FIRST: President Barack Obama reached out to say how critical this moment is:

President Obama: “I can’t overstate just how important this election is.”

THEN: Senator Kamala Harris emailed to say she personally needs your help:

Senator Harris: “I’m calling on grassroots Democrats to protect and expand our Majority.”

NOW: Adam Schiff JUST emailed to make sure grassroots supporters band together for our Democrats like never before:

Adam Schiff: “Join the fight to protect our Democratic Majority.”

Elvis, these INCREDIBLE leaders desperately need 4,OOO grassroots Democrats to step up before our critical End of Month Deadline in six hours.

Its the ONLY way our Democratic Majority can protect the Obama-Biden legacy.

Please, Elvis, we don’t have a second to waste.

Can you rush in $10 to protect and expand our Majority?

6-HOUR DEADLINE: ALL GIFTS TRIPLE-MATCHED

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Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2020
From: Nancy Pelosi <dccc(at)dccc.org>
Reply-To: dccc(at)dccc.org
To: me
Subject: over the moon!!!

I know its late on your Friday, so Ill keep this brief:

I just need 1 more gift from your town to hit my End of Month goal.

Will your $10 be the generous gift that puts me over the edge?

Elvis, you have stepped up in monumental ways over the past five days—and I couldn’t be prouder to have you on my team.

But with just 90 minutes left until my End of Month Deadline (the most important deadline of my campaign so far!), I’m still slightly short of my goal.

That’s why I’m coming to you right now.

Will you rush in $10 and be the 1 gift from your town that I need?

Since this deadline is so important to me, Ill personally ensure your generous gift is triple-matched for the next 9O minutes.

Triple match your $10

Triple match your $35

Triple match your $50

Triple match your $100

Triple match your $250

Or triple match another amount

Now, more than ever, I’m so thankful to have you on my team, Elvis

Thank you,

Nancy

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Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020
From: “ELVIS’S FACE MASKS GIFT INSIDE (via DCCC)” <dccc(at)dccc.org>
Reply-To: dccc(at)dccc.org
To: me
Subject: RE: Joe Biden

Chip in $35 or more to fortify our Majority, and well send you two “VOTE” face masks as a token of our appreciation!

Elvis, all of us at Democratic HQ are daydreaming about the day we kick Trump out of office for good.

We just can’t wait to finally restore the Obama-Biden legacy.

So for a limited time only, were giving away our face masks as a THANK YOU for your contribution of $35 or more to elect Democrats!

President Obama and Vice President Biden in our “VOTE” face masks!

Your gift will go directly toward making sure future President Biden has a fortified Majority to carry out his agenda.

And we can’t help but think about how GREAT President Obama and Vice President Biden would look in our “VOTE” face masks.

So don’t delay, Elvis:

President Obama and Vice President Biden are counting on you to chip in straight away!

Will you rush in $35 or more to elect Democrats? Well thank you with two “VOTE” face masks as a gift!

Thanks,

DCCC

I emailed these people back - apologizing for being poor and unable to contribute - but they still keep asking.

A couple of times I confided with Speaker Pelosi and wrote how ashamed and sorry I am for being broke in THIS LAND of OPPORTUNITY - maybe she thinks I recovered financially and can spare a few bucks. 

Sorry Nancy. No.

Besides having (former) President Obama on my spam list, the whole democratic party just joined him.

Think it’s just democrats with stupid spam like this?

Think again.

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The Trump Family’s Letters to Me
They keep asking for money, but what they really want is love.

By Bill Lueders
The Progressive
August 5, 2020

I get a personal email from Donald Trump at least once a day. I also hear all the time from other members of his family.

These messages are invariably urgent - so urgent that I wonder if the President is worried, deep down inside, that he may not be reelected.

I’m not sure how I got on all of these email lists, but I have never complained. I appreciate that the President and others are genuinely concerned about my level of support for his campaign.

“Friend,” began ONE RECENT MESSAGE from President Trump himself. “I really need you to pick up the pace.”

“I emailed you 3 times. I texted you 2 times,” the President’s son told me. “My dad needs your support in order to demolish the Radical Left. We must fund every critical race between now and Election Day in order to win BIG in November.”

Trump explained, as he often does, that his campaign needed my help to meet a critical fundraising goal. In this case, its need for a cash infusion was so great that it had “activated” a 600 percent match for however much I gave - but only until 11:59 that night. The President informed me that “63 Patriots from your state have already stepped up. I’m just waiting on you.”

I thought about this message that night around 11:30, but then realized that he probably meant Eastern Time, not Central. So it was a lost opportunity.

But its true, I’ve been given plenty of other chances. In fact, the President and his family ask me for money so often that they apologize for it, and this is not a group that apologizes much.

“I am sorry for bombarding you,"Donald Jr. WROTE TO ME not long ago. “But, this is critical.” His exasperation in what followed was palpable.

“I emailed you 3 times. I texted you 2 times,” the Presidents son told me. “My dad needs your support in order to demolish the Radical Left. We must fund every critical race between now and Election Day in order to win BIG in November.”

Donald Jr. added that, for the sake of people like me, there was still time to give, if I did it quickly.

For one reason or another, I didn’t.

But Donald Jr. did not give up.

Not long afterward, he WROTE again to say he had signed a copy of his book, Liberal Privilege, just for me. He said the offer to buy it for just $75 was good for only an hour. But more time than that had passed before I saw it in my inbox.

Donald Jr. also wrote to LET ME KNOW that “My father only chose 100 Patriots to join his prestigious Trump 100 Club, and YOU were one of them.” And his dad regularly invites me FOR THE CHANCE to have dinner with him. All I have to do is contribute “any amount” by 11:59.

Recently, I was ASKED TO RATE the job President Trump’s campaign is doing, as part of the “Trump Campaign’s Official 100 Days Out Strategy Survey.” The options were: “Incredible,” “Great,” “Good,” and “Other.” I was even given my own registration number, made out with my name and zip code, so that I could send a contribution.

“Without you,” the President ASSURED ME, “our movement would be NOTHING. I would be NOTHING.”

Vice President Mike Pence also WROTE TO ME, just the other day, to underscore the urgency of the moment. “The only thing standing between the American People and the agenda of the far-Left,” he warned, “is four more years of President Trump.”

I also hear regularly from the Presidents other son, Eric. One of his RECENT EMAILS arrived with the subject line, “I convinced my father to give you another chance.”

It’s the kids, always the kids, who take my failure to respond to any of these hundreds of messages the hardest.

“The dishonesty from the media and their attempt to demean, harass, and slander anything related to my father and his administration is truly mind-boggling,” Eric explained in this email. “They’ll never stop coming after him, which is why we were really disappointed to see that you neglected to help us reach our End-of-Quarter Goal.

Eric also shared this thought with me: “It’s going to take EVERY patriot stepping up if we want to CRUSH Sleepy Joe’s dreams of turning America into a BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALIST Nation.

I also get frequent emails from Lara Trump, Eric’s wife. She seems highly concerned. “The polls have never been more inaccurate,” she wrote me recently, which proves we’re not just up against the Democrats anymore - we are taking on the ENTIRE Fake News media too.

The solution to this problem, of course, was for me to give money to the Trump-Pence campaign - with a multiplier match that was good only until midnight.

It’s clear to me from those messages that I am letting these people down. They ask and ask, and I never give them a thing but grief. What kind of a supporter am I? The President himself recently emailed me about this. Even the subject line of his email was sad: “Are you there?”

The email went on to say:

Trump begging for donation

Now I know why the President has not had time to deal with this coronavirus pandemic. He’s spending a part of every day looking at lists, trying to find my name. He and his family are also spending a lot of time on these letters.

The President, after expressing his deep disappointment, gave me yet another chance to “make things right” by the end of the night.

I missed that deadline, too.

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One Word Spared Norway From COVID-19 Disaster
And what other countries can learn from its example

By Kelsey L.O.
Noteworthy - The Journal Blog
July 20, 2020

I’ve been an American expat in Norway for over eighteen years. And, I have to say, never have I been more relieved to be stuck in my adopted country.

It seems that back home, a select group of individuals has grossly misinterpreted the promises of the American Dream and what it means to possess personal liberties.

You know who I’m referring to; the people in the viral videos you see screaming at and spitting on store clerks when asked to put on a mask. The same people who believe being asked to be considerate of other peoples health is an affront to their freedom.

It’s not hard to believe that there might be a correlation between that ME-FIRST ATTITUDE and the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. as record highs are reached every single day.

Meanwhile, in Norway, things have been moving towards the direction of everyday normalcy for a while now.

And its a privilege that I don’t take for granted as I watch my home country from afar struggle to keep its shit together.

With a low number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 related deaths, Norway has managed to achieve what many countries around the world are still striving towards, keeping their people safe.

Just take a look at Norway’s neighboring country and “big brother,” Sweden. Sweden has become the social pariah of Scandinavia as its high percentage of cases and deaths make it difficult to want to welcome them with open arms. For the first time in modern history, Swedes are barred from crossing over the border to their neighbors in the west.

So, what exactly has Norway done to avoid catastrophe and get things back on track? What makes it different from its neighbors, the U.S., or even the rest of the world?

The answer lies in a concept that isn’t exactly unique to Norway but is all the same born from its cultural heritage.

It only took one word to rally the Norwegian people together.

I would reckon that most people have heard of the Amish “barn raising,” where Amish communities have an all/hands-on-deck approach to raising new barns in a short period of time.

Few would recognize the word dugnad if it were brought up in casual conversation, though. Its a concept that is untranslatable but plenty explainable.

Dugnad (pronounced doog-nahd); a Norwegian cultural tradition where community members work together towards a common goal, for the greater good for all.

Dugnad derives itself from the Old Norse word “dugna” which means “help” or “good deed.” It can be traced back to as early as the Viking Age, where villagers would work shoulder to shoulder to bring their ships on to land from the sea after excursions.

And in the 14th and 15th centuries, it was used by rural farming communities to prepare for harsh winters, disease, and other hardships in order to survive together. Everyone had skin in the game; therefore, everyone needed to help out.

The tradition continued into the 20th century as the labor movement gained traction, where social-democratic ideals that valued equality, justice, and a collective we can do this “together” spirit further cemented dugnad into Norwegian cultural DNA.

Ask any Norwegian off the street what “dugnad” means today, and they’ll tell you that it’s usually met with eye rolls and sighs from most people, and optimistic enthusiasm from the Leslie Knope-types with clipboards and binders.

It’s used to gather neighbors in apartment buildings or suburban neighborhoods to rake up leaves in the fall and get ready for winter. Little league soccer teams use it to organize fundraising efforts between parents and athletes by selling hotdogs at games, or Costco sized toilet paper packs door-to-door.

Dugnad is not a one-person job. It’s something done in collaboration with others to create a better life for everyone in the community. And though it can be a pain in the butt to rake leaves with your neighbors on your day off, a sense of civic duty supersedes any annoyance one may hold. It is the Norwegian way, after all: bite your teeth together and get what needs to be done, done.

March 12th, the day Norwegians were called for a national dugnad.

March 12th has now gone down in Norwegian history books as the day that everything changed.

It’s up there with April 9th, 1940, the day when the Nazis made their way up the Oslo fjord starting a five-year-long occupation; or July 22nd, 2011, when a far-right extremist committed an act of terrorism against a government building and a camp for Labor party youth.

But just like those two other turning points in Norwegian history, the people chose to stand together in their fight against this new invisible enemy.

Only hours before the first official COVID-19 death on Norwegian soil, Prime Minister Erna Solberg took the podium on national television. She reminded Norwegians around the country the importance of bearing hardships together as a people:

“It has now become absolutely crucial that all of the countrys citizens and residents participate in a national dugnad to slow down the spread.

We are doing this in solidarity with the elderly, chronically ill, and others that are especially vulnerable in developing this serious disease.

We have to protect ourselves in order to protect others. We will stand together through this period in time- not with hugs and handshakes- but by keeping our distance from one another.

It will require a lot from each and every one of us. We need to care about one another and help each other the best we can.

We have gotten ourselves through tough times before- I am absolutely certain that we will achieve this once again.”

Daily life came to an immediate halt as schools, offices, gyms, nursing homes, bars, restaurants, and all other public places nationwide were closed with a few hours’ notice. The weeks following were wrought with fear as Europe became the epicenter of the pandemic. News from devastated Italy and Spain sent chills down peoples spines. Avoiding a similar situation to Italy and Spain became Norway’s number one priority.

Whole industries shut down, and unemployment reached an all-time high with jobless numbers not seen since WWII. The world-renowned welfare system of Norway was put on the spot while it churned out unemployment support to those in need with unprecedented pressure.

Companies, organizations, and cultural institutions were propped up by billion-dollar bailouts as the government tapped into the trillion-dollar commonwealth fund.

People were sacrificing their daily lives and losing out on a lot by participating in the national dugnad. Yet, even while facing hardship not seen since the war, Norwegians stayed a steady course as they all did their part with minimal complaint. The definition of a modern dugnad quickly became synonymous with staying indoors at home, instead of raking leaves with neighbors.

What other countries stand to learn from Norway.

The official shutdown phase lasted nearly two months, with multiple briefings a week and encouragement from the government to keep up the conjoined efforts across the population.

And from May on, things started to resemble the normalcy of pre-COVID times as the shutdown was cautiously lifted bit by bit.

Families and friends were reunited. Gym rats returned to their treadmills. Bars welcomed their faithful patrons back for a round of celebratory drinks. Even the younger kids at elementary schools had the opportunity to return to school for the last few weeks of the academic year.

All because of the collective mobilized effort of 5+ million people.

So, when I saw President Trumps tweet about Norway and its opened schools, I didnҒt know whether to cry or to laugh.

As someone who both participated in and witnessed the unified endeavor in Norway, it was almost insulting as it dismissed the hard work that Norwegians put in to get to the point of reopening society.

I cant help but wonder how differently the present situation in my home country would be, had we had a similar traditional concept such as dugnad in place.

Would we be leading the world in fighting the virus instead of fighting each other over the usages of masks? How could dugnad affect other areas that we struggle in, such as racial and social justice, corruption in both the public and private sectors, and the current political divisiveness across the country?

What the United States and the rest of the world stand to learn from Norway when it comes to handling this global pandemic is this: when a community comes together under the pretense of creating a better reality for themselves and their neighbors, great things happen. And in this case, great things = saved lives.

And while things are not completely back to normal, and COVID-19 is still very much a looming threat worldwide, Norway included; the collective effort of the Norwegian people is admirable. It has not only its people and leadership to thank for succeeding in avoiding COVID-19 disaster in the initial shutdown, but its historical collectivist mindset where equality and civic engagement is encouraged and valued. It may have taken only one word to rally the Norwegian people in the fight against the pandemic, but it took a deep appreciation of community to implement it.

If you wish to follow my journey outside of my writing, you can find me on Instagram and Twitter, where I share snippets of my writing and pictures from my life in Norway and travels.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

NWO - The New Normal in Employment

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Our prediction in this scenario is a year-end real unemployment rate of approximately 14 percent, about 2 percent higher than June 2020, which would extend into 2021, or until a vaccine is widely available.

The inequality in joblosses is staggering. While the official unemployment rate currently sits at 11.1 percent, the rates for Latinx, Black, and Asian workers are 14.5 percent, 15.4 percent, and 13.8 percent, respectively. Women are also impacted at a higher rate, at 1.1 percentage points higher than men. Latina unemployment is 15.3percent.
- Our Path to “New Normal” in Employment, Ash Center, July 2020

[T]here are more than 30 MILLION WORKERS receiving benefits, but only FIVE MILLION job openings
- The Unemployed Stare Into the Abyss NY Times, August 3, 2020

Our Path to “New Normal” in Employment?
Sobering Clues from China and Recovery Scores for U.S. Industry

By Edward Cunningham and Philip Jordan
Ash Center
Harvard Kennedy School
July 2020

The US National jobs reports for May and June exceeded expectations, and for many, this signaled that April was the true peak of American job losses and real recovery may be underway. Yet mounting evidence suggests that a job recovery is a long way off and that many jobs may not return.

Part of the analytic disconnect stems from the fact that the global pandemic is a novel challenge for policymakers and analysts. We lack current, useful benchmarks for estimating the damage to the labor market, for estimating what recovery would look like, and for measuring an eventual recovery in jobs. Given this paucity of models, one place to look for patterns of potential recovery particularly relating to consumption and mobility - is China.

The Chinese economy is driven largely by consumption, urban job creation is driven by small and medium-sized companies, and China is several months ahead of the US in dealing with the pandemics economic and labor impact. An analysis of China’s experience may, therefore, offer important clues about our recovery here at home, and inform new models of thinking about American job recovery.

Read the full report HERE

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The Underemployment Crisis

The Underemployment Crisis

By Annie Lowery
The Atlantic
August 6, 2020

Nannies asked to come back for two days a week instead of four. Checkout workers scheduled for 15 hours a week instead of 30. Retail employees with their shifts cut in half. As the economy reopens while the coronavirus spreads, hundreds of thousands of workers are getting back to work, but with less work than they want, need, and used to have.

Not only are 18 million Americans unemployed; millions more are now underemployed, their lost hours translating into lost wages translating into lost consumer spending, while emergency unemployment-insurance payments expire, eviction moratoriums lapse, and Congress remains deadlocked.

A new analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), an anti-poverty research and advocacy group, suggests that underemployment was far more common than government statistics indicated even before the pandemic recession hit. A kitchen-table economic crisis was hiding in plain sight. Now the pandemic threatens to make the situation far worse.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures underemployment primarily through a single measure: a count of workers who have part-time jobs but want full-time jobs. People who might like but cannot accept more hours, because they cannot afford child care, for instance, are not included in the measure. (The technical term is underemployed for economic reasons.) Before the recession hit, roughly 4 million workers slotted into this category, for a national underemployment rate of 3 percent.

In the new analysis, Lonnie Golden, an economist at Penn State, and Jaeseung Kim, an assistant professor of social work at the University of South Carolina, used surveys to find workers who wanted more hours while still keeping a part-time schedule - fast-food employees who wanted 20 hours a week instead of 15, for example, or home health aides who wanted just one more shift. Including such workers, the underemployment rate was roughly twice as high as the governments headline figure, between 8 and 11 percent as of 2016.

That is a straightforward measure of household strife: Research shows that the underemployed experience much of the same financial, emotional, and physical stress as jobless workers, if less intensely. “Getting people to have the hours that they want makes a huge difference in their lives,” Golden told me. “Underemployment is really semi-unemployment.”

The CLASP data point is one of many indicating that American familiesԒ finances were precarious before the virus hit, even as the jobless rate sank to its lowest point in a half century. The unemployment rate for Black workers, for instance, was roughly twice as high as that for white workers, and particularly high for young Black workers. As many as 42 percent of recent college graduates were working in positions that did not require their degree shortly before the recession began. Wage growth remained stubbornly slow. And, we now know, roughly one in 10 workers wanted to be logging more hours than they were.

Golden and Kim’s study indicates that the “part-time underemployed,” as they call them, are more likely to be women than men. They are more likely to be Black than white, and more likely to be Latino. They are disproportionately young or old. They also tend to be clustered in certain areas of the economy: retail, leisure and hospitality, education, and health care.

That is a pretty good summation of the types of essential, frontline workers who have been hit particularly hard during this downturn. Workers who were likely to be underemployed before the recession hit are now being disproportionately affected by layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, and reductions in hours. The weakest households in the economy are bearing the worst of its pain. 

Structural economic factors have been driving the part-time underemployment rate higher for decades, Golden told me. The rise of the gig economy; the lack of affordable child care, universal paid leave, and guaranteed affordable health insurance; and low unionization rates - all of these factors or trends undercut the creation of stable jobs. 

Then came the pandemic. The number of workers that the government counts as being part-time for economic reasons has soared from 4 million to 9 million in the past five months. The CLASP analysis indicates that the real number might be far higher. Private data point in that direction too: The payroll provider Gusto, for instance, has said that headcounts at the small businesses that use its services are not too far off their pre-COVID-19 levels, but wages and hours are markedly down.

Mass underemployment requires short-term solutions to help workers keep food on the table, and long-term solutions to help workers get the hours they want. The most immediate policy fix is to make unemployment insurance available not just to jobless workers, but to workers with lost hours. In the longer term, fair-workweek laws to make scheduling more reliable, predictable, and equitable among low-wage workers would help, as would higher minimum wages and provisions to give already-hired workers access to additional shifts. 

Too many Americans want work and cannot get it. That was hampering the economy before, and might suffocate the recovery now.

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Beyond the economic damage that has been already been caused by the political reaction to the epidemic, an even greater tragedy lurks: the loss of fundamental human rights and of our individual freedom. Given the MODERN METHODS of SURVEILLANCE, a new kind of totalitarianism would surpass all the horrors that are known from past dictatorial regimes.
- Diseases Are Bad. Government-Forced Shutdowns Are Often Worse, Mises Institute, March 24, 2020

“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.”
- The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

From Lockdowns to “The Great Reset”

By Antony P. Mueller
Mises Institute
August 1, 2020

The lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has ACCELERATED the implementation of long-held plans to establish a so-called new world order. Under the auspices of the WORLD ECONIC FORUM (WEF), global policymakers are advocating for a ”GREAT RESET” with the intent of creating a global technocracy. It is not by coincidence that on October 18, 2019, in New York City the WEF participated in ”EVENT 201” at the “high-level” pandemic exercise organized by the JOHN HOPKINS CENTER FOR HEALTH SECURITY.

This coming technocracy involves close cooperation between the heads of the digital industry and of governments. With programs such as guaranteed minimum income and healthcare for all, the new kind of governance combines strict societal control with the promise of comprehensive social justice.

The truth, however, is that this new world order of digital tyranny comes with a comprehensive social credit system. The Peoples Republic of China is the pioneer of this method of surveillance and control of individuals, corporations, and sociopolitical entities.

For the individual, one’s identity is reduced to an app or chip that registers almost any personal activity. In order to gain a few individual rights, and be it only to travel to a certain place, a person must balance such apparent privileges with his submission to a web of regulations that define in detail what is good behaviorӔ and deemed as beneficial to humankind and the environment. For example, during a pandemic, this sort of control would extend from the obligation of wearing a mask and practicing social distancing to having specific vaccinations in order to apply for a job or to travel.

It is, in short, a type of SOCIAL ENGINEERING which is the opposite of a spontaneous order or of development. Like the mechanical engineer with a machine, the social engineeror technocrat - treats society as an object. Different from the brutal suppressions by the totalitarianism of earlier times, the modern social engineer will try to make the social machine work on its own according to the design. For this purpose, the social engineer must apply the laws of society the way the mechanical engineer follows the laws of nature. Behavioral theory has reached a stage of knowledge that makes the dreams of social engineering possible. The machinations of social engineering operate not through brute force, but subtly by NUDGE.

Under the order envisioned by the Great Reset, the advancement of technology is not meant to serve the improvement of the conditions of the people but to submit the individual to the tyranny of a technocratic state. “The experts know better” is the justification.

The Agenda

The plan for an overhaul of the world is the brainchild of an elite group of businessmen, politicians, and their intellectual entourage that used to meet in Davos, Switzerland, in January each year. Brought into existence in 1971, the World Economic Forum has become a megaglobal event since then. More than three thousand leaders from all over the world attended the MEETING IN 2020.

Under the guidance of the WEF, the AGENDA of the Great Reset says that the completion of the TRANSHUMANISM” is part of the program.

THE GREAT RESET will be the theme of the fifty-first meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2021. Its agenda is the commitment to move the world economy toward “a more fair, sustainable and resilient future.” The program calls for a new “social contract” that is centered on racial equality, social justice, and the protection of the nature. Climate change requires us to “decarbonize the economy” and “to bring human thinking and behavior into harmony with nature.” The aim is “to build more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies.” This new world order must be “urgently” implemented, the promotors of the WEF claim, and they point out that “the pandemic has laid bare the unsustainability of our system,” which “lacks social cohesion.”

The WEF’s great reset project is social engineering at the highest level. Advocates of the reset contend that the UN failed to establish order in the world and could not advance forcefully its agenda of sustainable development - known as AGENDA 2030 - because of its bureaucratic, slow, and contradictory way of working. In contrast, the actions of the organizational committee of the World Economic Forum are swift and smart. When a consensus has been formed, it CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE GLOBAL ELITE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Social Engineering

The ideology of the World Economic Forum is neither left nor right, nor progressive or conservative, it is also not fascist or communist, but outright TECHNOCRATIC. As such, it includes many elements of earlier collectivist ideologies.

In recent decades, the consensus has emerged at the annual Davos meetings that the world needs a revolution, and that reforms have taken too long. The members of the WEF envision a profound upheaval at short notice. The time span should be so brief that most people will hardly realize that a revolution is going on. The change must be so swift and dramatic that those who recognize that a revolution is happening do not have the time to mobilize against it.

The basic idea of the Great Reset is the same principle that guided the radical transformations from the French to the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. It is the idea of CONSTRUCTIVIST RATIONALISM incorporated in the state. But projects like the Great Reset leave unanswered the question of who rules the state. The state itself does not rule. It is an instrument of power. It is not the abstract state that decides, but the leaders of specific political parties and of certain social groups.

Earlier totalitarian regimes needed mass executions and concentration camps to maintain their power. Now, with the help of new technologies, it is believed, dissenters can easily be identified and marginalized. The nonconformists will be silenced by disqualifying divergent opinions as morally despicable.

The 2020 lockdowns possibly offer a preview of how this system works. The lockdown worked as if it had been orchestrated - and perhaps it was. As if following a single COMMAND, the leaders of big and small nationsand of different stages of economic development - implemented almost identical measures. Not only did many governments act in unison, they also applied these measures with little regard for the horrific CONSEQUENCES of a global lockdown.

Months of economic standstill have destroyed the economic basis of millions of families. Together with social distancing, the lockdown has produced a mass of people unable to care for themselves. First, governments destroyed the livelihood, then the politicians showed up as the savior. The demand for social assistance is no longer limited to specific groups, but has become a need of the masses.

Once, war was the HEALTH OF THE STATE. Now it is fear of disease. What lies ahead is not the apparent coziness of a benevolent comprehensive welfare state with a guaranteed minimum income and healthcare and education for all. The lockdown and its consequences have brought a foretaste what is to come: a permanent state of fear, strict behavioral control, massive loss of jobs, and growing dependence on the state.

With the measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a big step to reset the global economy has been made. Without popular resistance, the end of the pandemic will not mean the end of the lockdown and social distancing. At the moment, however, the opponents of the new world order of digital tyranny still have access to the media and platforms to dissent. Yet the time is running out. The perpetrators of the new world order have smelled blood. Declaring the coronavirus a pandemic has come in handy to promote the agenda of their Great Reset. Only massive opposition can slow down and finally stop the extension of the power grip of the tyrannical technocracy that is on the rise.

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