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Blue Model Blues
20th-Century Thinking at the Century Foundation
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  • Anthony

    Economic thinking suggests that globalization (sire of gig economy maybe) can be made to benefit all as long as the winners compensate the losers. To that end, inference from essay is that transitioning economically will require (not necessarily left or right) rethinking, restructuring, renormalizing work to capital arrangements. Answers may yet be forthcoming but choices are to be made that will impact labor/capital arrangements into next decades of 21st century.

    “For workers to accept more labor mobility and flexibility as creative destruction eliminates some jobs and creates others, appropriate schemes are needed to replace income loss….”

  • Josephbleau

    I think that an acceptible compromise concerning labor would be for corporations to pay Union executives high salaries and large funding to be given to the Democrat party in exchange for having no union members. Everyone including workers would be happy.

    • Boritz

      Corporations would pass these costs on as they always pass on costs. Another approach would be to send a bill for the blue donkey directly to the employees complete with late notices at 30, 60, 90 and 120 days after which it would be turned over to a collection agency. The workers would not be happy, but they would have clarity.

  • Kevin

    Every Uber driver I have talked to has liked it. Most seem to do it part time or flex time, and some are ex-taxi drivers. I’m sure they’d like ore only (who wouldn’t) but the people actually driving seem to like it well enough. Where did the panel us find these unhappy Uber drivers (and why are they still driving if they hate it)?

  • JR

    The solution is easy and I’m genuinely surprised FG has’t advocated it yet. Confiscatory taxation above a certain level of income. Boom!!! Done!!! Just sit back and enjoy the paradise on earth you have created.

  • Beauceron

    The Left doesn’t need new ideas. They will have a permanent majority soon. You’ll do as they say.

    • JR

      Freedom is fragile and sometimes you have to fight for it. If the push comes to shove, I will fight for it. Because as goes America, so does free world. There are no new frontiers, so we have got to make it here.
      Edit: Also, one thing Left is remarkably bad at is managing the economy. Yes, their dominance in the media has compensated for it for now, but I doubt another 10 years of sub-1% growth can be blamed on some boogeyman.

  • FriendlyGoat

    When we have a reading on how many Uber drivers have married, qualified for a mortgage, purchased a middle-class or lower-middle-class house, purchased adequate health insurance throughout adult life, raised a couple of kids from birth through college, paid off their mortgage and accumulated a nest egg sufficient for modest retirement, be sure and get back to us with the stats. Until then this constant harping that Uber, AirBnB and freelance gigs can happily replace “the blue model” for real families in America is pure poppycock.

  • Frank Natoli

    Blue state voters have strangled U.S. manufacturing, destroyed the millions of jobs it once offered, and are now going to make it all right with a “gig economy”. I don’t think so.

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