CONTINUOUSLY CONNECTED PEOPLE
Karl Arnold Belser
1 October 2015
| I wrote the post Shape
Shifting Employment two years ago without appreciating how
liberating being a free agent might become. The article in Medium called Workers
in a World of Continuous Partial Employment made me realize
the resource allocation advantage of a cell phone connected society.
In the past companies used part time workers that were required to be available to work at any time. This meant that these part time workers are continuously captive. The company could even arbitrarily limit the number of hours a person worked to avoid health and retirement benefits. The advent of companies like Uber and Task Rabbit are cell phone apps in which a central control facility gives out work to the nearest available person. The worker can choose at what times they want to work, or even if they want to work at all.
Given that today something like 30 to 40 percent of the working population of the United States are free agents of one sort or another, it is incumbent on the government to legislate that people receive retirement and health care contributions from several employers. Further the accounting should allow people who work for several employers to receive social security credits so that they are eligible to participate in the Social Security retirement system.
In addition the cell phone technology allows individuals to have more control of their destiny and even spontaneously communicate their views on any subjects over social media. For example, Bernie sanders presidential candidacy was aided by social media. In past times the centralized media sources would have given him little coverage.
One of the observations that I have made several times in this blog is that good governance requires feedback from the individual citizens. Actually Tocqueville states this explicitly in his book Democracy in America.
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