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Why we need a jobs guarantee

Because the whole "training" industry is a rent-seeking scam that enriches only the training companies, can put you deeper in debt, and won't get you a job.

That's not to say that there isn't work out there -- look around you at your streets, your broadband, your schools, your houses, everything, and you'll see opportunities for work going to waste -- just to say that the training industry isn't, at least in its outcomes, about putting people to work.

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The link is from a series that Izvestia is running:

The New Poor: Articles in this series are examining the struggle to recover from the widespread strains of the Great Recession.

That tagline is really great and so totally Versailles:

1. Lack of agency in "the struggle." Who's doing the struggling? ("The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. That is one of the good effects of the Revolution."–Anatole France)

2. Obfuscation in "the widespread strains." The strains are widespread, but are they evenly distributed? I'm guessing No (and see France, supra).

3. Minimization with "The Great Recession." There are plenty of ways the mess we're in looks like a Depression, with 20% real unemployment as far as the eye can see. That Izvestia's trying to hold the line at "The Great Recession" is interesting and indicative.

NOTE Jobs guarantee.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

and indeed many have. online "schools," and even respectable undergraduate institutions make less and less sense in this job market.

the problem in the Village is of course they listen to their corporate masters, who encourage them to pursue policy that will guarantee most of us are little better than serfs, chained to the land and stuck living off the largess of our masters. meh, i could rant and rant about this, obviously.

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"elite schools pay off much better, if you're not a student who requires a scholarship and student loans to attend. scholarships at elite schools are almost never enough to live upon, if you're truly a working class person with the chops to make the cut. even a "full ride" scholarship, given things like housing prices in those areas around elite schools. i know this from personal experience both as the student, and later the employee of the University admissions office.

as a student, it always hurt me that i had to hold down a part time job, while my richee fellow students just had to pick up the phone and call home when they ran out of $. the time spent working for money for food was time i couldn't spend networking, writing, applying for grants and honors, etc. and the debt load i came out of school with is debilitating, and prevents me from doing things that my training supposedly qualifies me to be employed to do. i am not alone; most grads of elite schools i know with debt are in a similar boat.

as an employee, it hurt me more than i can tell you to have to "admit/deny" a lot of good, working class kids while working for UChicago. that's insider admissions talk for "we'll look good in CHE and govt statistics by admitting a large number of brown, black and poor white kids whom we know will never be able to pay for four years here, even if we offer them scholarships." that way no one can accuse the school of being economically elitist, even tho in practice, that's exactly what most of the top/elite universities are.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

I know exactly what you're talking about re: having to work through school. I was able to get fellowship money in my last couple years of undergrad so my debt isn't debilitating (it was public and I got an instate reduction after the first year), but I did work through all of undergrad to keep the debt from piling up. Even if you get tuition waved, you still need money to live off of (food, housing, etc.)

In between 30 hours of work, a greater than full time course load and working in a research lab (or two, by my last year) there was almost no time for activities and networking. That's one way to keep the non-rich folks from being politically active. And its a big reason I think there needs to be a way for politically inclined po' folk to get *paid* internships. There's no way I would have ever been able to afford an unpaid internship.

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

to weaken worker power. Corporate honchos and their elected flunkies claim that the reason for unemployment is lack of worker skills. The politicians then argue that our community can beat out other communities for good jobs by subsidizing the training of the workforce. The workers will be trained at public expense, and then they will get better jobs than they used to have because of their training. From the corporate point of view, the beauty of the argument is that it places responsibility on the workers at the same time that it removes them from a shared workspace and distributes failure over time. This dispersal of effect prevents real criticism of the ploy, and of government policies that hurt labor. It's been going on in states devastated by NAFTA for fifteen years now. It's more than time that someone noticed that it's a fraud.