With under 100 days to go until the November election in the US, we can expect to hear a lot more about jobs and employment. Both candidates claim they will “create jobs” but neither will go beyond anodyne discussions of how to get the economy growing faster.. They’re both devotees of the trickle down approach to employment – trying to expand production as rapidly as possible and hoping that the jobs appear.
For those of us who care about the degradation of the planet’s ecosystems, and climate especially, this brand of indiscriminate macroeconomic management is unacceptable. By failing to ask what’s being produced, we remain tethered to unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. We’re constructing a larger and larger hole to dig ourselves out of.
If we decide to look in more detail at the jobs shortage, an obvious place to start is with our youth. Young people are facing much higher rates of joblessness than other age groups. The International Labour Organisation reports that 75 million young people are now unemployed. Rates of... (read more...)