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Traditional economists told us that as long as the economy is competitive and prices reflect costs, we'd have full employment and the most efficient use of productive resources in the long run. Only in the short run, as the system adjusts to change, would we have unemployment and less than optimal economic conditions.
John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics said, "In the long run, gentlemen, we are all dead."
L C Evans' book, Jobless Recovery, is set in that turbulent short run. Rather than being an efficient response to economic change, the short run looks like it may kill us. Or at least some of us. Evans' book brings up all the issues in an entertaining and gut-wrenching way.
Jobless Recovery tells the story of people who are experiencing the downside of economic change. Dave has lost his job to imported labor. His attempts to fight back get him in more trouble. Joe has had a horrific accident on the job which leaves him with seizures. He faces the medical system in addition to having to live with his disability and unemployment. The way these and other characters work their way through their problems will entertain you and make you think.
Jobless Recovery will push all your buttons as it tells a story that is too close to reality for many of us. It was a real think piece for me and I recommend the book highly. We need to look at the impact of economic changes in terms of the lives of those affected, not textbook platitudes. What are the long term consequences of an international labor market? Of outsourcing? Of an economic system that bails out large institutions, but allows private citizens to go under? Lots of questions. Now we the readers need to act to find answers.
By now you are aware of the unprecedented opportunity Markham-Hook Conglomerate has encountered. I am sure you rejoice at our good fortune and wish us every success in our leap forward into the global future.
Unfortunately, David R. Griffin, you have not been selected to continue the journey with Markham-Hook Conglomerate. Your position with the company has been eliminated and will terminate on May 1st of this year. As part of your duties before you depart, you will be required to engage in knowledge transfer, making sure your replacement from India knows how to perform your job in a satisfactory manner. In addition, you must successfully complete all projects on your current work list.
Can you imagine receiving a letter like this, or maybe you have or know someone who has. The letter is clearly a form letter with the name of the recipient inserted. And the company has the audacity to inform David that he must train his replacement before leaving. As I read Jobless Recovery I started recognizing things that I really had taken for granted. I knew that whenever I needed tech support for my computer, phone or just about anything electronic I would end up talking to someone who I assumed was from a foreign country, not really knowing if the help was actually being processed here in the US or from another country. As the story of David and later Joe and Lark continued I started wondering how much of this was based on facts. I'm finding that most of this is actually happening every day.
Jobless Recovery is another well written book by Author L. C. Evans. She has added humor to help us process the truth behind the fiction in the story of David, Joe and Lark, but at the same time she opened my eyes to what is really going on in our country as well as other countries, with most of us being totally unaware. Jobless Recovery is a book that I highly recommend we all read.
I won't give away the plot here, except to say this should be a must-read for everyone in the workforce today.
While the subject matter is certainly grim, the main characters are great, the story moves quickly, there are some funny moments and, well, you have to read it!
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