Corporate Jobs vs. People’s Needs
So congress swallowed the idea that corporations are “job creators,” but they did not say much about the kinds of jobs corporations might create, or if these jobs really address our needs. It turns out there may be a serious disconnect here.So if corporations did create jobs (a questionable assertion), what kind of jobs would they be? When I asked my students, they thought of jobs in sales, marketing, and human resources. Two of the biggest industries in the United States are in information technology and financial services. Jobs in the IT realm might create engineering jobs to make smaller cell phones and more engaging playstations. Jobs in the financial services might involve developing new investment schemes or simply trading currencies. There may also be an increase of jobs in the design of military weapons or in the entertainment industry.
There is still some manufacturing located in the US, such as automobile companies. So maybe these corporations would produce more cars. Still to produce more cars, someone needs to buy them, and it turns out that we already have more cars on the roads than we need. In fact, if we want a sustainable economy, most of the jobs that corporations will create will make things worse rather than better.
So what kind of jobs do we need? There is certainly a lot of work that needs to be done. We need to stop the drug trade that dominates more and more of our lives. We need to deprogram those citizens who have become “true-believers” in this or that cult. We need jobs that build sustainable cities and transportation. The list goes on and on.
It’s sad that no one asked what kind of jobs US corporations will create for us. Perhaps many of them are jobs we don’t really need.