People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy
Robert McChesney and John Nichols (2016)
An extremely inspiring public presentation in which McChesney and Nichols talk about their latest book (of the same name)
McChesney begins with research indicating that 50% of current jobs will be eliminated by robots and artificial intelligence in the next 10-20 years. He also talks about the inherent inability of a scarcity/profit based economic system to address this crisis.
For me, the most interesting part of his presentation was a discussion of Franklin D Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights.* According to McChesney, both Germany and Japan incorporated this Second Bill of Rights into their constitutions after World War II. This, in his view, explains why both countries have become economic powerhouses.
Both men talk about the crucial need to form a post-capitalist society and economic system. Nichols talks more…
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