An economic paradox of jobs and population
We need more young people so that there will be enough to fill all the jobs to keep our aged population surviving. So it is said. We have a problem with more aged people all the time, needing more younger people to support them. So it is said.
We need more jobs, so that there will be enough to give employment to all our unemployed young people. So it is said.
When both are said at the same time, more people needed to fill all the jobs,, and more jobs needed for all the unemployed, they must surely contradict each other. Is it just that the unemployed are not fit to fill all the empty jobs? What can be done?
Cam we look at the jobs that are at present held – are all of them necessary, or is their function just to be jobs, whether useful or not? Where does the money come from, to pay for all the useless jobs?
Can we look at the jobs which are needed – how many of them are not filled, because there is not the money to pay for them?
. If the misery of others leaves you indifferent and with no feelings of sorrow, you should not be called a human being. (—Sa’adi, thirteenth century Persian poet)
Leaders in a war make statements addressed to their people, not to the world. Their actions are with an eye on their peoples, not to the whole situation.
Remembering this, we should reconsider our air war against the brutal caliphate.
We are spending millions on our airplanes and their direction – a sortie over the semi- desert can be reported as killing five enemy or destroying three trucks. It will have cost at the least thousands of dollars. The only profiteers are the armaments makers. (The British arms fair is the biggest in the world, and sells British-made torture implements and civilian-killing land-mines and bombs)
What will it have done for the hearts and minds of those the planes fly over? Especially the civilian casualties or those whose property is destroyed. We do not speak their languages. They may see the Muslim jihad as more their friend than the West, which is alien. They may have memories of the West going back to the first invasion.
We bomb – forgetting how the British responded to the Blitz. We care little about the Arab archaeological treasures as well as the civilian homes and workplaces, and our additions to the world’s loss of land and infrastructure.
We mourn the brutal executions of Westerners – but only mention in passing the horrible fates of civilians under the caliphate. This makes clear our own preoccupations
Our leaders may say that at least they are doing something – they do no know how to do anything else and so play with our military might that will not harm ourselves.
October 1 2014
Democracy can be worse than useless
The first great democracy, in 5th century Athens, with all citizens voting, showed the dangers of democracy when the people are uninformed.
The citizens voted for an attack on another city for the sake of glory and gold, and had a catastrophic defeat; they treated a rebellious island with the utmost cruelty; they followed a charismatic leader and then rejected him so that he led their enemies against them; they squabbled over an oligarchy.
We should all consider how democracies can fail, before seeking to impose them on other countries