New World


New World

The big corporations built up over WWII got their workers from veterans who went to college and were a disciplined and educated group who could fill the jobs in new corporations like camera company Kodak. Pullman porter jobs were gone as airlines hired stewardesses. Auto companies exist only in bits and pieces in this country today. Information work has young people coming and going, but few 20-30 year jobs remain. A recent article describes how convenience stores can (and are) now selling their goods without human clerks.

Marriages are down, but suburban jurisdictions, like Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia, can’t build schools fast enough while rural counties throughout the country have to consolidate schools. Collection of a majority of people in urban areas leads to increased living separation between those with well paying work and those with poorer paying work. Farming, manufacturing, service work are increasingly done by fewer people using various forms of technical assistance.

Medical diagnostic work is also going out of the hands of physicians into those of technicians. Computers have moved into schools, though that has not (yet) reduced the need for teachers. The list could go on. We are obviously in the midst of major change in the way we live our lives. It appears we have even less control over this one than the one I lived through.

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