Thirty years ago, Friedmanism replaced Keynesianism. Thirty years ago, we were the most prosperous nation on earth. And now...well, this story
speaks for itself.
Here's a list of the top 10 industries expected to lose the most jobs by 2018 -- and what to do if you're working in one of them:
1. Department stores: Projected to lose 10.2 percent of the 1.56 million jobs they had in 2008.
2. Semiconductor manufacturing: Projected to lose 33.7 percent of the 432,000 jobs it had in 2008.
3. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing: Projected to lose 18.6 percent of its 544,000 jobs.
4. Postal service: Projected to lose 13 percent of the 748,000 jobs it had in 2008.
5. Printing and related jobs: Projected to lose 16 percent of its 594,000 jobs.
6. Cut-and-sew apparel manufacturing: Projected to lose 57 percent of its 155,000 jobs.
7. Newspaper publishers: Projected to lose 24.8 percent of its 326,000 jobs.
8. Mining support jobs: Projected to lose 23.2 percent of its 328,000 jobs.
9. Gas stations: Projected to lose 8.9 percent of its 843,000 jobs.
10. Wired telecom: Projected to lose 11 percent of its 666,000 jobs.
Because so many different types of manufacturing jobs are disappearing, it will not be easy to simply get another manufacturing job. You may need to develop some completely new skills.
To do what?
I'm beginning to think that it's no wonder the Republicans have made the Socialist bogeyman into a hot issue. Although Barack Obama is no socialist, events will soon convince many that laissez-faire capitalism has failed. If things do not improve, the spirit of rebellion will awaken. If our incessantly propagandized populace continues to view socialism as the Great Unthinkable, then what form will the coming rebellion take?
As long as we're talking big picture stuff: At the CPAC conference, conservative superstars had no qualms about lumping liberals and progressives in with Stalinists. Believe it or not, the right considers the ghost of Uncle Joe to be a very real danger. Yet if a liberal brings up the threat of resurgent fascism -- a far likelier threat -- said liberal will be disparaged as a sensationalist, a hyperbolic silly-billy, and a shameless violator of Godwin's law.
And that's why the Overton Window is so far to the right.