Cool post – I cant wait to read the essay but I doubt it will change my outlook. It will be “preaching to the choir” I expect. What you allude to with the Harvard study is the gap between what needs to be done and what gets paid for. We certainly do need more social workers, teachers, etc. but resources are denied them.
In closing I’ll just leave this: http://www.primitivism.com/abolition.htm
Heh, sadly, in some industries the skilled trade is pretty much dead. I don’t see demand for my skillset as an offset printing press operator going up anytime soon, but demand for my skillset as a web application engineer continues to be strong.
although, some days, I’d rather be running a Heidelberg…
I thought it was an excellent book, if only because one of my jobs, working in the library while taking college courses, was to update the index of Infotrac files… which the author probably wrote. The information was every bit as useless as he says.
I am a very young retiree from “industry” with a respectable degree. Useless. I was fortunate to learn machine shop practice before I went to college. Right now, there is an Oliver #9 in my shop (integrated into the house I designed), and the ability to restore it owes nothing to my college education.
Oh, but it’s true. My fancy Master’s degree doesn’t get me that much more than $30K a year, and a lot of that goes to pay off my student loan. At least I get some hands-on satisfaction of finishing tangible tasks, when I don’t delegate them.
I like that Bob Black essay. I read it for the first time about four years ago and it has stuck with me. This also makes me think of Kevin Carson’s work, such as: http://mutualist.org/id116.html