Consider the plight of the average American citizen: what we do seem to have in common, if we admit our deepest feelings to each other, is anxiety. Most of us feel that we have very little control to effect positive change in our lives, either personally or collectively. We also fear the future. We have grown cynical that those who “win” in the regularly-scheduled, mass-media-marketed, meaningless “rituals” we call “elections” have our best interests at heart. And, we feel that we have no power to restrain those interests which seem to always get their way in our national life. We feel that we are powerless victims of the U.S. military/industrial/government/media complex, which in reality is daily committing crimes against humanity – again…Read more >
The French ponder “joie de vivre” in a work-free future
The following main body of text is an AFP article posted on MENAFN.com (Middle East North Africa Financial Network) on February 1, 2017. [My reactions to selected text can be found in brackets. Ed].
What role will work play in our future lives populated with robots and driverless vehicles? As France prepares to elect a new president, it is wrangling with bigger issues than simple election manifestos. The catalyst for the soul-searching has been a proposal from leading Socialist party candidate Benoit Hamon to adopt a universal basic income -- a state handout of around 750 euros (805) a month, made to everyone. "I expect that the digital revolution is going to make work increasingly rare…Read more >