economy

Today's Obsession: Belittling Labor

Guernica magazine has a fascinating (also, very long! Save to your Instapaper account and read later) article attempting to explain the current employment situation, starting with an intriguing mini-history of the role of the skilled craftsperson through the twentieth century. It’s written through kind of a Marxist lens, so it takes the stance that...

Today's Obsession: Without A Net

This is an interesting piece at the Atlantic; the author describes responses to her declarations of going solo. In metro areas, the response is very positive, a “awesome, you’re doing your own thing!” sentiment. In smaller towns, not so much. The response is closer to “are you nuts?” curious to see responses from different...

Today's Obsession: Our Jobless Future

PopMatters has a fascinating look at the lack of job creation happening as our economy “recovers,” and what sort of economic structure this might point to if it continues. One model is Berlin, described as having less than forty percent employment, but also not being a center for poverty, because there simply is not...