Thinking Different About This Rigged Game

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“We should ask ourselves, our communities, and our government: if a business can’t pay a living wage, should it be a business? If it’s too expensive for businesses to provide healthcare for their workers, maybe we need to decouple it from employment? If childcare is a market failure, but we need childcare for the economy to work, how can the government build that infrastructure? If the pay you provide workers doesn’t allow them to live in the community, what needs to change? Collectively, we should be thinking of different funding models, different ownership scenarios, and different growth imperatives. Failure to do so is simply resigning ourselves to another round of this rigged game.”

-Anne Helen Peterson, “The ‘Capitalism is Broken’ Economy.” annehelen.substack.com. April 21, 2021.

Might be prudent to also ask about the entire lifecycle of what we are doing. Does the above look normal to you?

Knowledge of the Future

“…there are (a) facts, (b) informed extrapolations from analogies to other viruses and (c) opinion or speculation.

…if you’re experiencing something that has never been seen before, you simply can’t say you know how it’ll turn out.

…There’s no algorithm for deciding whether to favor life for a few (or for thousands) versus economic improvement for millions.”

-Howard Marks, “Knowledge of the Future.” Oaktree Capital. April 14, 2020.

Interesting throughout.

The New Consumer

“Be cautious about investing in sharing economy models that do not directly address the evolving needs of workers. We are in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the digital revolution, which has resulted in a redefinition of work. The transition will likely continue to disrupt industries and investors should take heed.”

—Paula Campbell Roberts, “The New Consumer.” KKR.com. October 2, 2019.

While an interesting overview of the gig economy and it’s implications, the term “asset light consumer” as a near substitute for “poor” is a crime against the English language on the level of “pre-owned” becoming a euphemism for “used”.