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Diary at the Centre of the Earth » I Saw The Glitter On His Face
Tuesday 24 July 2018. It occurs to me that at the age of nearly 47, I still have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life. I was rather hoping something would suggest itself.

It doesn’t help that today the PhD students are sent a jargon-splattered 100-page document about the Research Excellence Framework. This is a government initiative designed to make sure (as I understand it) that British universities are doing Good Work with Proven Impact. I can only assume that the main purpose of the REF is to put people off a career in academia.

The irony of acquiring qualifications in English literature is that they give one an increased intolerance of the literature of the workplace.

In your forties, you start to feel like a ghost. Less visible to the swim of things, but able to slip between worlds more easily. And you know more things. I’ve still yet to solve the puzzle of how best to translate my own abilities into a regular minimum wage, but I can tell more easily what paths would be unsuitable.
ageing  academia  education  higherEducation  universities  research  REF  literature  dctagged  dc:creator=EdwardsDickon 
8 weeks ago by petej
These Are The Challenges Post-Brexit Britain Could Be Facing By 2030 - BuzzFeed News
"The report’s authors predict that 70% of 16-to-34-year-olds will be living in private rented accommodation by 2030. In 2003, only 20% of the same age bracket were living in similar accommodation. By 2030, roughly 40% of all under-40s will be living with their parents. Only around 14% of people live with their parents today. Obviously, homeownership will continue to decline among the young."
UK  economy  predictions  IPPR  ageing  diversity  inequality  NHS  healthcare  housing  technology  automation 
february 2017 by petej
Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future - Public Lectures - Events - Newcastle University
"The strength of Marxism in the 19th and 20th centuries is that it offered a plausible economic narrative as to the way out of capitalism; there were revolutionary and gradual versions, and you could hang your angry hat on either. But the point was — a clearly mapped escape route from capitalism.

I think the inability of the left to achieve things since the global protest movements began in 1999 at Seattle is down to its subconscious belief that there is no alternative to capitalism. There are ways to survive, to live despite capitalism. But when it comes to the big stuff, in the movement, there is this haunting phrase: refusal to win.

Its logical to refuse to win if you think victory means a step back to a state run economy and a hierarchical society and a male dominated, discipline obsessed workforce.

The postcapitalism thesis says there is a different route.

The main contradiction today is between the possibility of free, abundant goods and information and a system of monopolies, banks and governments trying to keep things private, scarce and commercial. Everything comes down to the struggle between the network and the hierarchy, between old forms of society moulded around capitalism and new forms of society that prefigure what comes next.

I believe those who will prosecute that struggle are not just the anticaptialists and the global justice movements. Everybody who values the planet, their individuality, their privacy, their freedom to communicate, their sexuality — has the interest in the rise of a society based on sharing, co-operation, low work hours and common ownership of information.

What we need are not slogans, demands, more anger — but a project plan we can test 186 million times over to move the economy from a market system that is failing, via a long transition where market and non-market economies co-exist, towards one based on abundance: free information, cheap things, short working time, renewable energy and where the finance system provides social accountancy not repeated episodes of chaos."
postCapitalism  post-capitalism  work  labour  informationTechnology  automation  prices  wages  jobs  collaboration  OpenSource  networks  Marx  neoliberalism  crisis  climateChange  ageing  TheLeft  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
october 2015 by petej

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