Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Problem Of Tracking Important, Specialized Skill Sets

What we see illustrated in the Digg link below is another example of what is a critical information flow that is not being kept track of. Much similar to the problem police departments across the nation have in hiring new officers; not knowing very often, as things currently stand, the full work history of a new hire.

You can easily see here why one institution, or organization, or whatever else, might want this kind of information not only collected reliably, and in a standardized format, but to also then have justified access to it. You can also see why this sort of thing would need protections in place to protect the rights of those whose livelihoods depended on that information being accurate in the first place, and not subject to unauthorized access. No less so any more than a person's medical history is currently protected (flawed though even that might be).

The fact is that we certainly have the ability to set up these kinds of critical information structures; and the network infrastructure is obviously available, but the rubber that meets the road here, unfortunately, is as it always is in this dysfunctional economic operating system or ours: The setup costs, and the then follow on support costs, never mind the argument about whether it should be a private, or public agency, would be just another budgetary item Congress wouldn't have a clue as to how to even prioritize, let alone actually fund.

And don't forget, where there's information, there's blood in the water as far as profit sharks are concerned.

All of this goes away, however, if we accepted the fact that we have to, absolutely, have a new economic operating system. Especially if it were one that de emphasized specialization (you obviously can't get rid of it, nor would you ever want to, but I do think, with the right application of new technology, it can be de emphasized) as my alternative would. How could it be otherwise if we shared doing all of the things that needed doing (to keep our communities going) to the greatest degree possible? Recognizing, and accepting, that this percentage wouldn't be very high in the beginning, but with patience, and ongoing determination, it could be made to be a good deal higher than most of you might imagine.

The thing to remember here is that this would have to be done as part of a full, nation wide mobilization. Just as if we were like the "Greatest Generation," back in WW 2. And in that do you also have to remember the fact that we retrained millions to do things they probably wouldn't have ever even dreamed they would be doing otherwise. Women became machinists, aircraft assemblers, and even pilots. Men became mechanics, boiler operators, medics, logistics masters, and even soldiers, on every kind of ship, Army and Airforce base.

To do this may well be the most difficult thing a society as ever undertaken; transforming themselves on such a fundamental basis, but that in no way means it cannot be done. And as impossible as that may seem to you now, compared to the chaos that is coming if we do nothing, I guarantee you will be looking back to this opportunity missed with a much more informed perspective.

This means you have to start taking action now, in spreading the word that Capitalism must go, and the debate on what to replace it with must begin. Even the longest journeys as they say.


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