The world is experiencing its worst economic recession since the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. Over 200 million people worldwide were out of work in 2011, and the numbers have kept increasing, outside surges of seasonal employment.

Some of these jobs have been lost due to obsolescence in the advent of technological advancement, such as has been the case in the manufacturing and retail industries. Others are going down the drain due to the new internet commerce practices as is the case of printed newspapers, bookstores, music stores and small DVD rentals shops.

Finally others have been lost purely due to the financial crash in the banking, construction and real estate industries, which have had a ripple effect, due to government measures, on the education, healthcare, retail, hospitality and other industries.



But does this all mean that there are truly ‘no jobs’?

Hardly, for there is much that needs doing. Now, our socioeconomic and cultural systems are fast changing and with it some positions are and will become obsolete.

But the truth is that if it weren’t for the huge debt generated by the financial sector and the economic and systemic policies in place, most of the workers out of jobs due to obsolescence could be re-trained into the new emerging industries and into sectors where there is dire need of labor, including some of the sectors which are now suffering jobs losses.

But before tackling this issue, let’s see which sectors are currently thriving, despite the recession.


Internet protocol providers – Wind and solar power – E-commerce & online auctions – Environmental consulting – Biotechnology – Video games – Third party administrators & insurance claims adjusters – Correctional facilities – Internet publishing & broadcasting – Engineering & robotics – Mobile communications – Computer systems design & related services – Software publishers – Online gaming companies – Entertainment – Pharmacies & drug stores – Services for the elderly & the disabled

– Mental health therapists (no wonder) – Waste collection & recycling – Organic foods & alternative medicine providers – Social advocacy organizations, and others.

Most of these sectors are experiencing an upsurge of activity and, with it, the need to recruit labor. Of course, many of the positions involved in these sectors require of a potential employee to have a determined skill set, knowledge and experience which, in many cases, can take up to years to acquire. Some of these positions also require of ongoing training, due to the rapid and evolving nature of their specific sectors.


The fact is that not only there are employment possibilities in the sectors currently thriving but also in many of the sectors already crushed by unemployment: job generation can and should still take place.

On top of these, there is also a wealth of untapped possibilities for job creation within sectors that are now in their early days of establishing, and there are even entire sectors that could be designed and developed if only our current system allowed it or simply… changed.

The monetary system is based on debt creation, the more debt there is, the more the system thrives, that is, at the expense of entire labour sectors and, let’s face it, the majority of the world’s population. Because even when the debt cannot be repaid, especially if wild, unregulated speculation is permitted, as it’s been the case in this actual crisis, financial corporations and the banking system will always win.
These wins, as it is now of public domain, go from government bailouts to the acquisition of property through foreclosures.

The latter is indeed a most welcome gift for any financial institution since most of the funds they loan only exist on paper, lacking the material assets (true wealth) to back them up.

Only the financial sector could create and sell a high-risk product and make profit not in its saleability but on its risk. Whether those loans were re-paid or not the bank was going to make a profit, a better one, indeed, in the latter scenario, as those profits on paper are translating into real material assets.

From the wisdom that both time and perspective allow, no longer can be deemed uneducated the belief that the majority of this world’s population have been and are still victims of the largest scam in financial history. One that not only has been carried out with total impunity, but, while condemned in vacuous political speeches, factually rewarded.

Those who control the means of subsistence are those who effectively control everybody’s subsistence.


Any government that follows up on the anti-recession strategy of bailing financial entities whilst cutting on social services is not a democratic government, even if democratically elected.

It is being proven that this ‘strategy’ is not creating employment, is not creating wealth amongst the population and it is certainly not making any bank to start lending again as freely as it used to, furthermore, it is not making any bank cut short its clients’ expenses; on the contrary, more and more expensive banking charges are being applied to every single current account.

There are millions of jobs that CAN BE created; the problem is on the monopolization of the resources upon which those jobs could be created.

Entrepreneurs, small and medium size businesses are all being crushed under the financial tyranny.

And one would think that without the current system the world would just collapse, which is ironic, since it’s already been collapsing for a long time, only that the so called Third World has always been the first one to suffer, crushed by what has always been an inherently corrupt system.

It’s just that this particular tsunami has now reached every shore.

A democratic government is created by and for the people and, as such, the people should be its first priority. Do you need to create more ‘paper’ to protect the welfare of your people? Create more ‘paper’. Do you need to use that paper to develop new industries, re-model and re-distribute older ones, retrain people, remodel the education system to guarantee everyone’s own and unique skill development? Do you need to go from a paper (monetary) to resource system so it all goes in a sustainable direction? And why not? The industrial revolution did not take off from ‘impossible’ but from ‘possibility’.


Technology is not a demon, technology is just a tool and, as with any tool, it is about how you use it.

The way technology is largely used in today’s world is just to serve our current system, that is, for the unbridled financial profit of a few, not for the betterment of our civilization as a whole.


However, there’s one thing technology is doing for today’s civilization and that is bringing the people of the world together, through the far-reaching and instant exchange of information, experiences, expertise, knowledge.

Technology is a revolution in itself, the Technological Revolution, but also part of a larger, broader, more significant revolution, one similar to that which took us from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: A worldwide People Revolution.

No wonder that this role of today’s technology is being increasingly monitored and, in many countries, undermined by those who would prefer that humanity remained divided, uneducated (not in the institutional, factory-programmed, sense but in the knowledgeable, wise sense) and thus easily persuaded and controlled.

Rest assured that one of our common goals should be protecting the role that technology has in bringing the world’s population together.


There is no lack of jobs: There is a lack of training available and affordable to all within the very rapidly-changing landscape of our new emerging socioeconomic and cultural systems. Yet, there is already and increasing part of the world’s population, specially amongst the young generations, who are indeed identifying how technology, and in particular, the internet, can aid them with the training they need to adjust to this new landscape. However, basic needs should be covered in order to allow them allocate the necessary time and tools to aid them in self-training.

Thus, what there’s a lack of is: true equality in opportunities.

There is also a lack of personal and social accountability.

And, ultimately, there is an, outright terrifying, lack of vision and foresight by those who have the power to make decisions.

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Syl R. Martin

Syl R. Martin

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