The Top 10 Social Issues that Americans Tweet Most About
|July 17, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
This 2014 excerpt of TakePart, Jly 12, is by Liz Dwyer.
According to the United Nations, of the top ten most common topics in tweets [over what time frame was not stated], the bottom rough one third of them are about environmental issues (about two million each), the middle rough one third are about political issues (well over two million each), and the top third, by far, are about getting a good paying job (from five to seven million). Number 8 was education, which is preparation for flinging oneself into the job market. Number 9 was discrimination, which flings some of us out of the job market. And number 10 was employment itself.
Ed. Notes: So if you want to interest people in reform, tell them how your reform creates jobs. Right? Yes, but bear in mind people who need money and see jobs as the way to get it probably don’t want an economics lesson. They often jump on anything that promises them jobs, even if it does not work out that way, such as giving tax breaks to big business, or if it is something not really good for the community, like a prison.
Worse, offering jobs reinforces the prevailing worldview. Touting jobs agrees with several implied false assumptions:
- getting paid and creating value are the same — even if you’re just shuffling paper in an insurance office — while unpaid work is not worthy of pay — even if it is planting trees which exhale oxygen;
- people are not good enough to start their own business but must have a boss forever; and
- jobs can be conjured up while supposedly technological progress is not a natural process destroying them;
More than jobs, people need an extra income without working. Why? Because society automatically generates a surplus that does not attach itself to anyone’s labor or capital but to the region’s land and to the government-granted privileges such as banking charters and other corporate favors.
Americans spend trillions of dollars to use parts of nature, mostly to the few holders of valuable privileges. Hence now much of society’s surplus goes to the 1% whereas this common wealth should go to members of society equally.
Ironically, if we all did get a Citizen’s Dividend, then we could shrink the workweek which would create more jobs. We’d have more security to negotiate higher wages. We’d even have enough leverage to launch out own startups. It’s called geonomics and it has worked wherever tried.