Friday, November 11, 2011

Jobs: Americans may soon go back to farming

"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before." Willa Cather


American writer Willa cather captured the moving tales of the life in the Nebraska frontiers, of Americans pushing the frontiers to the limit to establish settlements and farm, the honest and hard toiling of the life in the frontiers! Stories like Neighbor Rosicky or Wagner's Matinee are still classics with many of us.

But Willa Cather's world was shattered by the new Industrial age in America that was dominated by Captains of Industry like Henry Ford, Rockefeller and Thomas Edison and their peers. These are the men who created the wealth of America as we knew it in the 20th Century. American Industry determined the course of two World Wars and the course of history for almost 6 decades.

But that America is on the decline, the sick man of the world. The  emergence of Asia is unstoppable and the Pacific Century has no room for the country on the West of Pacific. America has created a knowledge economy that cannot absorb its massive workforce and millions of school dropouts. The new captains of Industry in America are the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin and they need brains not brawns to continuously develop apps for a global market and remain competitive. The millions of Americans being laid off as manufacturing shifts east and the service industry takes a beating from the recession cannot develop apps. So what's left? According to Japan Times, what is left is for Americans to go back to farming!

Willa Cather's world is not that far away after all.

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