Globalization, Lost Jobs, Immigration and More

closedLong before one line of NAFTA was written, manufacturing in the United States was dying. Not just factory after factory was shuttered, but entire industries were shipped out of the country, until virtually noting remained. While it is not part of this discussion, as manufacturing left, the strength of unions bled out onto the broken foundations of the dead factory floors. By the 1970’s there was already the movement from an Industrial to Post Industrial society, and the burning question was ‘Could a society that produced nothing survive?’ (Something that is still a viable question) However, the question that was not raised until much later was ‘Can the middle class survive?’

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And in other Trump news

Tech CEOs meet with Trump

The technology sector CEOs invited to the Tower. (screen capture from CNBC)

Given the explosive nature of the discussion of foreign (mainly Russian) interference in the 2016 election, and the actions of the Trump team vis a vis Russia, other important Trump news has disappeared off the grid. One of those items presents both economic and ethical problems. This is unseemly interaction by Trump and company with the business community. There are two primary ways this intervention is happening. One is through his use of tweets, and the other is his meetings with CEOs.

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Welcome to COBS Web

pontificating goherHi and welcome to this new Free Thought Blog blog. I am Rowan Wolf, and that rather multi-gendered name is a woman’s moniker this instance. I am a lifelong activist starting as a wee tyke of 17 working in the women’s liberation, farm workers, and then young environmental movements. I did not realize at that point that I was signing up for a lifetime of struggle. I thought that at some point we would ‘win.’ Well, there have been ‘wins’ and also ‘losses’, and now? I’d say we are in a BIG backslide.

I admit that after almost 50 years of wrestling for social justice and a better world, I saw the success of Trump’s campaign (way before the election) with sadness. His success was legitimating the blatant bigotry that I knew would cause lasting harm – even if he had lost his run for President.

He did not lose, and now that bigotry has been institutionalized at the highest formal levels of out society. We have a lot of work to do. Which brings us back to FtB and COBS Web,

When I was made aware of the opportunity to join the collective of writers here at FtB, I put in my application. It is a time when I think that working collectively is critical. Working together more than amplifies our individual efforts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

As I noted, and if you do the math, I’ve been at this social change business for awhile. I am also a sociologist, and I have learned that there are changes that happen very fast, and changes that happen very slow. Changing hearts and minds on a societal basis is slow – for a whole array of reasons. Changing the way we live (driven by technology) can move us in a direction, reshaping many aspects of out lives and interactions, at virtual light speed. Weird, huh?

I’ll stop here for now, before you decide that this is just too long to read. I’ll return to this and other topics shortly.

I am leaving the commenting feature open (unless we get a bunch of trolls and I am forced to close them).

So once again, welcome! Glad to be here.