MI’s RTW vote yesterday obviously caused the use of billions of electrons in commentary, sane and otherwise. I was involved in one fairly lengthy discussion on FB in which one of the pro-RTW (which also is my view) asked the anti-RTW commentor what he was afraid of in more freedom of RTW?
My FB response is below. There are very significant changes going on and many – rightly – are fearful of them. Ignoring this fear – or not grasping its root – will not change it or move the nation forward. We don’t know what’s coming, but we do know, as with any technological change, that the lower-skilled and less-educated will be hurt more than others.
Joe [the anti-RTW commentor with whom we were having the discussion], like most union workers, is afraid of a non-Industrial future. It is difficult to criticize him for this.
We are at a pretty serious juncture: the Industrial Age is being left behind at an accelerating rate & there is less room in the Information Age for industrial workers than for which any had been prepared.
The social welfare model of the past half-century has proven a failure and a detriment to our future. The Left, in order to survive, must continue their Industrial Age policies – but that won’t happen and they have no idea what to do about it other than stick their heads in the sand and demand the rest of us do so as well. That’s what the violence in MI today was about.
No one is going to stop the Information Age; it is coming and accelerating, like it or not. Unskilled and lightly skilled still have their families and selves to support and are scared to death on how to do so.
No one knows what the social and work future will look like – but it won’t be good for the unskilled. And they are afraid. Hard to blame them for their fear – but harder still to accept their version, which harms MY children, THEIR future and MY country.