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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:39 PM

Thomas Friedman, shill for the 1% and Corporate America: Average is Over.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/opinion/friedman-average-is-over.html?src=me&ref=general

In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over.

Yes, new technology has been eating jobs forever, and always will. As they say, if horses could have voted, there never would have been cars. But there’s been an acceleration. As Davidson notes, “In the 10 years ending in 2009, factories shed workers so fast that they erased almost all the gains of the previous 70 years; roughly one out of every three manufacturing jobs — about 6 million in total — disappeared.”

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What the iPad won’t do in an above average way a Chinese worker will. Consider this paragraph from Sunday’s terrific article in The Times by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher about why Apple does so much of its manufacturing in China: “Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly-line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. ‘The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,’ the executive said. ‘There’s no American plant that can match that.’ ”


Hear that? It's BREATHtaking!!!

He's cheerleading executives that liken militaristic gross servitude in the name of winner take everything capitalism as they would describing a Van Eyck painting.

Thomas Friedman. Just when you think the Life Lottery Winner couldn't get any more shameless . . .

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Reply Thomas Friedman, shill for the 1% and Corporate America: Average is Over. (Original post)
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 OP
Triana Jan 2012 #1
Initech Jan 2012 #34
phantom power Jan 2012 #2
hifiguy Jan 2012 #3
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #9
hifiguy Jan 2012 #15
Blue_Tires Jan 2012 #20
Zalatix Jan 2012 #24
Dawson Leery Jan 2012 #4
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2012 #5
JHB Jan 2012 #6
Blue_Tires Jan 2012 #26
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2012 #7
HangOnKids Jan 2012 #27
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #29
bemildred Jan 2012 #8
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #13
Responder3 Jan 2012 #22
wilt the stilt Jan 2012 #10
PETRUS Jan 2012 #11
Romulox Jan 2012 #12
snagglepuss Jan 2012 #14
AverageJoe90 Jan 2012 #35
Fumesucker Jan 2012 #16
Blue_Tires Jan 2012 #17
joeybee12 Jan 2012 #18
closeupready Jan 2012 #21
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #28
Zalatix Jan 2012 #19
HughBeaumont Jan 2012 #31
Zalatix Jan 2012 #33
KG Jan 2012 #23
WCGreen Jan 2012 #25
Blue_Tires Jan 2012 #30
bvar22 Jan 2012 #32

Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:41 PM

1. Slave labor.

We thought slavery had been abolished. But it's just been moved to China.

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Response to Triana (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 02:01 PM

34. I'm sure they'd love to overturn that amendment if they could.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:44 PM

2. well you see in Tommy Friedman's world...

inhumane labor conditions, super-low standard of living and a total lack of environmental regulations == breathtaking flexibility!


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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:44 PM

3. I read that in yesterday's Times and nearly did a Tex Avery

goggle-eyed take. The sheer arrogance and snideness in that column took my breath away. Sorry, Tom Terrific, most of humanity is "average" and if TPTB won't pay them an honest wage for an honest day's work, they may deservedly be looking up at their bodies from the baskets that contain their recently detached heads.

I really don't know why Friedman doesn't just come clean and say that slavery is a damned fine system. Clearly that is what he actually believes.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:52 PM

9. I've learned long ago NEVER to listen to anyone named "Friedman" about economics.

Here's the thing: I don't need to hear "solutions" from a guy who's pretty much never really had to work hard to get where he is in life, never really had to struggle, has networking skills and fell into all the right jobs (and eventually, married the right person). I don't think a person such as that should deem himself such an authority as to what American workers have to do to better themselves. Does he not get that if everyone were JK Rowling, "The Next Iron Chef" or even Chriss Angel, no one would be?

And now he's cheerleading slavery. THIS is how we "compete"?? THIS is where we're at?

Friedman always tends to ignore the giant-elephant factors of wage stagnation, astronomical college costs, unrealistic expectations of Corporate America, unrealistic odds of "Horatio Alger" type success and just plain-and-simple bad luck in his columns.

I'm also waiting for Tommy to go on talk shows with an opposing viewpoint to counter his offshore shill-o-rama. Have we ever seen him in a debate format? Have we ever seen him NOT get tossed whiffle ball questions?

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

15. A-men my brother!

Preach it!!

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:00 PM

20. I've come to expect this shit from Friedman, but what really scares me

is how much gushing approval and agreement he's getting in the comments...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:07 PM

24. Not anymore.

 

The brickbats are coming his way in the comments, big time.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:48 PM

4. Thomas Friedman is admitting to be "pro-slavery".

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:49 PM

5. Friedman is right as usual. Think about the possibilities

if we extended that model to areas like construction for example. Just look a the pyramids in Egypt and so many other monuments throughout history. No lazy ass workers bitching back then about water, sleep, wages, etc.

I say let's get some kids to work on the drywall and metal framing while their parents pull 18 hour shifts. Do you realize how quick we could build our future monuments.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:51 PM

6. It's a police state, Tom...

...they can make their people do that. That doesn't make it a good thing.

And what happens when "average Chinese workers" get fed up en masse with this kind of treatment for biscuits and tea?

Do they have copies of Mao's little book?

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:12 PM

26. I have NO doubt that Friedman fully believes

The FoxConn serfs are so well-adjusted and happy for the opportunity from their generous benefactor (without whom they would be in their rural hometowns shoveling shit for their entire lives) that they popped out of bed in the middle of the night singing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", chomping at the bit to get to work...

He probably honestly thinks that the line serfs are so in love with what they do, and so concerned with getting those new iPhones out to the corners of the world on time that they'd work 48-hour shifts if their too-lenient supervisor didn't make them get some sleep...

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:29 PM

27. Gawd what a con artist that poster was n/t

 

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 10:30 PM

29. robclownservative . . .

. . . got taken for granite.



<--- the world's most microscopic tear, shed for that waste of bytes.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:51 PM

8. Leaves me wondering how he got where he is.

He is about as average as anybody I can think of.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:03 PM

13. Glancing through his wiki, seems he pretty much fell into everything.

Born into an upper middle class family, hired at the NYT as a reporter, fell into the right circles, shilled for the "right" causes, married into wealth.

It truly is the story of a rather unextraordinary person (if his writing is any evidence) getting all the lucky breaks.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:03 PM

22. And that's why he got where he is!

 

The media has nothing but government mouthpieces.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:54 PM

10. Tom you are totally mediocre

average is thy name. Your married into money.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:54 PM

11. Clearly, sub-par is in!

Or we wouldn't hear squat from muddle-headed Friedman.

Also, if "average is over," then why is productivity growth slower than it was when average was in? Weird.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:56 PM

12. Irony time: Friedman is a markedly AVERAGE writer for a paper that loses money. nt

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:07 PM

14. The only way people like Friedman can have this mindset is for them to think of the

Chinese as sub-human or perhaps workers in general.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 02:14 PM

35. Sadly, this may very well be true. nt

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:40 PM

16. It's not mere coincidence that the acronym for Friedman Unit is..

FU..

FU, Mustache of Understanding..

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:44 PM

17. Coming from the guy who's never put in a real day of work in his life

How does he have any credibility? How do his pieces ever become anything other than unintentional satire?

What kind of evil, greedy elitist psychopath gets a hard-on at the thought of 8,000 people forcibly rousted out of bed (not that they were sleeping that well to being with) to start a 12-hour work shift just so ol' Tommy's new, improved iPhone gets to the mall in time for opening? What kind of diseased mind touts it like this is a bold, brave way of future business?

Maybe the Nazis were just too far ahead of their time with the concentration labor camp idea...They must be green with jealousy from the grave...

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:49 PM

18. If average is over, why does Tom Friedman still have a job? nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:02 PM

21. LOL, yup, there we go. +1000.

nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 10:28 PM

28. Because "below average" is alive and well!

As in, guys like Romney and Friedman can suck all they want, and it doesn't matter because they have wealth.

See, "competition" is only for the hoi polloi. Tommy doesn't even compete in interviews; how in the hell would he know what the word even means?

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:58 PM

19. Nobody's looking at the big picture here...

 

Only half of any given group of people can ever be above average. This means that the rest will have no access to a living wage job.

This is quite clearly an engineered system to get rid of half the populace. Don't think so? Then figure in the cuts in welfare and social safety nets that are going on at the same time.

What does all this point to? No jobs for the half of the population that is 'average', no safety net for them, and nothing to protect them from grossly premature death by disease, exposure or outright starvation.

And as we already see, everyone's too scared of the police gangs to do anything else but lay down and die. Americans will starve, they will freeze to death in the cold, they will languish in bed and die of easily treatable diseases that they can't get care for because of poverty, but they will not rebel. Aside from Occupy Wall Street we don't even see civil disobedience anymore.

The people in the Middle East could teach us a lesson.

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 10:13 AM

31. Oh, and it's not just cheaper labor we have to worry about . . .

"Fallback", "Second" or "Starter" jobs can now be replaced by a console; a phenomenon, no doubt, that makes The Mustache Of Eternal Understanding giggle with delight . . .

And you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Last April, Annie Lowrey of Slate wrote about a start-up called “E la Carte” that is out to shrink the need for waiters and waitresses: The company “has produced a kind of souped-up iPad that lets you order and pay right at your table. The brainchild of a bunch of M.I.T. engineers, the nifty invention, known as the Presto, might be found at a restaurant near you soon. ... You select what you want to eat and add items to a cart. Depending on the restaurant’s preferences, the console could show you nutritional information, ingredients lists and photographs. You can make special requests, like ‘dressing on the side’ or ‘quintuple bacon.’ When you’re done, the order zings over to the kitchen, and the Presto tells you how long it will take for your items to come out. ... Bored with your companions? Play games on the machine. When you’re through with your meal, you pay on the console, splitting the bill item by item if you wish and paying however you want. And you can have your receipt e-mailed to you. ... Each console goes for $100 per month. If a restaurant serves meals eight hours a day, seven days a week, it works out to 42 cents per hour per table — making the Presto cheaper than even the very cheapest waiter.”


Breathtaking.

I'm really all ears, free traitors: How does capitalism continue when the only jobs will be ones that older workers can't retire from, middle-aged workers can't leave or get fired from at any cost, and younger workers won't be able to get?

Offshoring or automation is fast eliminating entry level positions and offshoring or bean counting is eliminating mid-level positions. It requires years of expensive education, experience and luck to land management. Is there no place for non-extraordinary people who just want to work for a living anymore?

Here's another thought . . . if a person was "extraordinary" or even "above average", why the hell would they even want to apply that talent to something as boring, trivial and meaningless like almost any position corporate America has to offer?

Someone logically explain to me how is this going to pan out. PLEASE.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #31)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 12:24 PM

33. *crickets* *crickets* *crickets*

 

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:06 PM

23. piss on Thomas Friedman

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:11 PM

25. What a pompous fucking ass hole this guy has become....

he invisions himself as some kind of brilliant futurist and cranks out jargon filled books that are about as relevent to the real world as Ann Coulters.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 09:35 AM

30. kick

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 10:42 AM

32. The Friedman Solution:

Simple!

"Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment."

Everyone should instantly become Above Average!
It is their fault if they don't!

BTW:This IS the mindset of EVERYONE who is STILL pimping "Free Trade" and "Free Markets".




Pompous Fucking IDIOT!




Solidarity99!
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