Reviving The American Dream

By: Gordon Long | Thu, Jan 14, 2016
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Reviving The American Dream

With Charles Hugh Smith & Gordon T Long

31 Minutes - 18 Slides

Charles Hugh Smith and Gordon T Long follow-up to their discussion last month of the puzzle of the falling US Civilian Labor Participation Rate. In this session they tackle the issues associated with "Universal Basic Income" which the public narrative has begun to 'offer up' as a solution.


Public Narrative

"A Solution to Automation -- Universal Basic Income for all"

The conventional wisdom is that a guaranteed free-money check from the central state is the solution. This is nothing more that "A Redistribution Scheme: A new form of Subsistence Serfdom"

• It doesn't address how this enormously costly program will be paid.

• It is Understood that the "Wealthy" will pay for it!

• Runs aground on the reality that upper-middle class and top 5% already pay 93% of all federal income taxes; they actually can't afford more taxes.

• The top .01% who can afford to pay will continue to buy political protection of their income, and that's not going to change:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/business/economy/for-the-wealthiest-private-tax-system-saves-them-billions.html


Declining Labor Participation Rate - The Status Quo has no solution!

Declining work force will be unable to pay for the "pay as you go" social programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Declining labor force will also be unable to support more borrowing -- and the system requires more borrowing just to keep afloat.

Decline of labor is the inevitable result of automation, which has only started eroding white-collar and managerial jobs.

The Reality: New technology creates far fewer jobs than it replaces/destroys

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3054604/todays-tech-giants-are-creating-loads-of-wealth-but-pitifully-few-jobs

The Reality: Today's Tech Giants Are Creating Loads Of Wealth But Pitifully Few Jobs

Why Basic Income is not realistic or positive: http://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec15/basic-income12-15.html

-- Financially unsustainable,

-- A disaster for those getting the welfare check. They are essentially serfs, with no incentives or pathways to build capital.

For the Wealthiest - A Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions

-- ultimately, proponents of basic guaranteed income are relying on borrowing additional trillions of dollars to pay for the scheme. Not only is this financially unsustainable, it is immoral to load debt on future generations to pay for today's spending.

Why Firms Are Fleeing

-- as for expecting corporations to tax trillions more in higher taxes -- they're fleeing US taxes, and they are also buying political favors to avoid higher taxes. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/11/why-firms-are-fleeing

Creating Jobs for All


Understanding The Differences

1- The failed model of WELFARE-FOR-ALL - Communal Poverty

• The central-state welfare model

• Top-down, encouraging dependency and helplessness -- and resentment

2- The Social-Economic model of SHARED BENEFITS flowing from working productively together

• The community economy

• Bottom-up, encouraging accumulation of capital, skills, etc.

• Creating the goods and services that are scarce and needed within local communities requires new ways of thinking and organizing work


Subsistance Serfdom

• Giving people money without getting any productive work is destructive to participants,

• Those who have to pay for the free-riders (the community) loses the labor of its residents.

• Our goal should be to provide meaningful work to people in their own communities, not give them subsistence welfare,

• Guaranteed income for all is just a new form of subsistence serfdom.

• Those looking to central state "solutions" such as basic guaranteed income are out of touch with the reality that real solutions come from below, in the entrepreneurial Main Street economy, not from above (central banks, politicians enacting new social programs, etc.)

... and much, much more in this 31 minute frank and open discussion..

 


 

Gordon Long

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Gordon T. Long

Gordon T. Long has been publically offering his financial and economic writing since 2010, following a career internationally in technology, senior management & investment finance. He brings a unique perspective to macroeconomic analysis because of his broad background, which is not typically found or available to the public.

Mr. Long was a senior group executive with IBM and Motorola for over 20 years. Earlier in his career he was involved in Sales, Marketing & Service of computing and network communications solutions across an extensive array of industries. He subsequently held senior positions, which included: VP & General Manager, Four Phase (Canada); Vice President Operations, Motorola (MISL - Canada); Vice President Engineering & Officer, Motorola (Codex - USA).

After a career with Fortune 500 corporations, he became a senior officer of Cambex, a highly successful high tech start-up and public company (Nasdaq: CBEX), where he spearheaded global expansion as Executive VP & General Manager.

In 1995, he founded the LCM Groupe in Paris, France to specialize in the rapidly emerging Internet Venture Capital and Private Equity industry. A focus in the technology research field of Chaos Theory and Mandelbrot Generators lead in the early 2000's to the development of advanced Technical Analysis and Market Analytics platforms. The LCM Groupe is a recognized source for the most advanced technical analysis techniques employed in market trading pattern recognition.

Mr. Long presently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing the expansion of the LCM Groupe's International Private Equity opportunities in addition to their core financial market trading platforms expertise. GordonTLong.com is a wholly owned operating unit of the LCM Groupe.

Gordon T. Long is a graduate Engineer, University of Waterloo (Canada) in Thermodynamics-Fluid Mechanics (Aerodynamics). On graduation from an intensive 5 year specialized Co-operative Engineering program he pursued graduate business studies at the prestigious Ivy Business School, University of Western Ontario (Canada) on a Northern & Central Gas Corporation Scholarship. He was subsequently selected to attend advanced one year training with the IBM Corporation in New York prior to starting his career with IBM.

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