For too long, employers have valued the job over the worker and now their obliviousness is biting them in the ass.
Companies wrongly believe products or services make them money, not the workers who produce what they sell. This system where businesses don’t value the contribution of its staff has unintended consequences, such as strangling any sense of loyalty in workers.
We have created a labor market which not only encourages but demands selfishness to survive. …
Now is the time for wage earners to put a stop to being coerced into unfair work arrangements based on an imbalance of power at the hands of exploitative employers.
Workers should start by abandoning this notion that they owe companies a two-week notice when they resign. Instead, employers should receive exactly what they give when laying off hundreds of people, cutting salaries, reducing time off, refusing maternity leave, or ending benefits.
That is zero consideration.
Way back in the 1980s, the working world was vastly different than today.
Watch any movie from the big hair era like 9…
In the very near future, global warming will force us to decide which communities we abandon and those we save. Millions of residents in affected areas may be the last to know if their region will win or lose the debate.
Ultimately, it may be big money that chooses. Real estate developers and insurance carriers might determine whether we keep Grand Isle or Gulfport and Savannah or Sarasota. It’s not a clear cut choice as you might imagine, but it is a decision that should be made only after considering the implications.
Rising sea levels will affect more than the…
We have made little progress on climate change due to the disproportionate number of elderly leaders in positions of power.
Perhaps it is time we have a frank discussion how older decision makers are preventing the world from dealing with our climate crisis so we may prepare for the realities of a dystopian future. The topic is no doubt a difficult one as we continue to fight for the rights of other protected classes.
At first glance, this smacks of prejudice, but the question remains. Who best serves the interest of future generations?
A 2018 Gallup poll found that 56%…
Hurricane Ida should have been America’s wake up call.
Climate collapse won’t be restricted to a single threat nor will it hit everyone at the same time in some distant future.
Regional systemic collapse is a cascade of overlapping events, seemingly disparate, but each contributing to the failure of the area to recover.
It’s here now.
The catastrophes combine and manifest as multiple failures, each crisis compounding the other until a demoralized populace as well as government officials find responding no longer desirable, financially feasible, or even possible. …
Do you think there exists some business owners who would shut down their store rather than paying their employees a living wage?
We have all seen the restaurant signs complaining “no one wants to work anymore” and attributing it to a labor shortage rather than the real reason: Wages are too low.
We all know the problem, yet most of us still believe companies would fight to survive rather than fold. It seems like a smart bet that they would innovate a way to pay their staff well while earning a profit.
Dig beneath the surface, though and…
On the first day of a new job, a disgruntled coworker warned me that the company owner had a bad habit of calling the staff outside of work hours — sometimes after his fourth or fifth highball.
That sounded fun.
This gem of a boss also expected his employees to monitor their company email after hours for these whiskey-fueled fireside chats. Later in my probation period, our “leader” asked why I was not replying to work issues when I was at home.
“My phone’s memory is completely full,” I explained while holding up an old android with a cracked screen…
“By collapse, I mean a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/economic/social complexity over a considerable area, for an extended time.” — Jared Diamond in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005)
People who criticize billionaires for foolishly building underground bunkers believe they can survive the impending doom of climate change by hunkering down on a homestead.
Both groups are attempting to escape the realities of collapse. It’s a race that most humans will likely lose. It’s now a question of whether the species can survive extinction.
Forget the science, let’s do this instead
The way we have been addressing climate change is all wrong.
For over 40 years, environmental scientists have been warning about the looming end of the world.
In the 1970s, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) told us we were on a path of self-destruction with the anticipated fall of society to occur sometime in 2040 — and that was without the foresight of a raging plague, vast dead zones in the planet’s oceans, or impending climate collapse. Other papers tell of a “near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization."
Pull any thread…
Without any organized protest, with no leadership, and zero coordinated effort, labor may be finally bringing the moneyed class to their knees.
Recently, the US Department of Labor reported that there are about 1 million jobs without anyone to fill them. The published report was careful to frame the problem as “too much of a good thing” as there are 9.8 million jobs for 8.7 million unemployed workers.
What government officials don’t highlight in that report is that more than 6 million workers are simply refusing to return to the workforce.
Despite growing worker resentment, few thought a general strike…