Rise of the ‘precariat,’ the global scourge of precarious jobs
Barely one in four of the global workforce has a stable job, UN reports
By Brian Stewart, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 8:36 AM ET
Back in the 7-‘s, when i was a young thing just learning about Zero Population Growth, I decided it was probably not a great idea to have children..I was single and determined to stay that way, had little income to spare, and I sincerely believed that things were going to get much worse due to overpopulation and environmental issues, which were just coming to the forefront…
Teleporting to the year 2015, things are far worse than even I imagined..when young people raised in the West on democratic principles (if not the reality…) are flocking to ISL and cults like this, one can only look back on the ‘God Squad” cults of the 60’s and 70’s, and one cannot help but see parallels, albeit less violent ones..
Disillusioned young people (are there any other kind?) have always yearned for a drastic alternative to their seemingly unbearable situations…and seeking some sort of Other to answer their questions is the norm throughout the world..but this time it’s different..
I can remember wondering what on Earth those who sought passage to Syria, Afghanistan, et al were hoping to achieve…especially the young women…it didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that with the figures shown in the above article, there was little to hope for if you were young and jobless, and 3/4 of the young are just that..a frightening statistic, Those who are employed are often in precarious temporary jobs, low paying, subhuman conditions and child labour has exploded, instead of being eliminated as we all had once hoped.
The corporatists, have, once again, succeeded in controlling the means of production..and by denigrating the union movement and closing up manufacturing in the West, they have created a situation that is untenable for the bulk of the population..
Young people, educated as never before, can understandably wonder what it was all for if there are no jobs to go to, and thus are seeking solutions outside their own bleak reality..enter the fundamentalists, who promise the moon and the stars, instant gratification if you will only fight against the very philosophy that has a stranglehold on your future…
It’s sad…and inevitable.