SOURCE: New York Times
by Ezra Klein
Is it time to revisit the basic premise of American welfare policies that encouraging or requiring paid labor is the best way to deal with poverty?
SOURCE: Bartlett Annual Review
by Judy Stephenson
The pandemic is exposing the historical contingency of "jobs" as opposed to "tasks" – as capital returns to a piecework model in the gig economy, the concept of job security is in danger of vanishing.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Michael J. Sandel
Michael Young, who coined the term meritocracy in the late 1950s—and who used it as a pejorative—observed four decades later: “It is hard indeed in a society that makes so much of merit to be judged as having none. No underclass has ever been left as morally naked as that.”
SOURCE: The New York Times
As the coronavirus keeps spreading, employers are convinced remote work has a bright future. Decades of setbacks suggest otherwise.
SOURCE: New York Times
“Pandemics as a social shock do give workers more leverage to demand things,” said Patrick Wyman, a historian and host of the Tides of History podcast.
SOURCE: Jewish Exponent
According to historian Melissa R. Klapper, Pinzer’s story has been of great interest to scholars of gender and working-class women because her letters are among the only firsthand accounts of prostitution during the early 20th century. “She was also quite self-aware about the role that gender norms and limitations on women, especially economic, had played in her life.”
by Kevin Baker
America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.
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