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In this article, i explain why globalization and free trade, the Euro, the Euro-Zone is increasing unemployment, by making big companies even bigger, killing small companies in the process but never absorbing the work force of those small companies.

Self driving vehicles will kill -3.5 mio truck driver and -1 mio bus and taxi driver jobs

No matter how positive you might think about these details. For society they are BAD, BAD, BAD. More unemployment means more crime, although those drivers could focus on the “skills of tomorrow”  and do what machines can not do: develop their creativity and empathy. While i would like to see more truck drivers with empathy, You must be f****ing kidding me?

(src: datausa.io, alltrucking.com)

It’s not a secret.

A lot of companies not only Tesla, Uber and Mercedes are working heavily on autopilots for cars and trucks.

They spend an awful lot of developing them and a few deadly accidents later, let’s say in 2030 – trucks and taxis could be without human driver.

What if those 2.5Mio truck drivers hate self-driving trucks and hit the breaks on robots and block highways – this is what i call disruption – i would understand them, after all, they lose it all and gain nothing – because they do not possess the robots that will replace them.

Not okay: “Joe we will replace you with a robot by 2030”

Somewhat okay, but unrealistic, would need gov intervention: “Joe we will replace you with a robot by 2030, but keep paying you half the salary”

China gov subsidies robot research and development, “255 robots that can work around the clock”

they are used to sort parcels to districts and already replaced 60 human workers

“Simple manual jobs” vanish and new jobs are created in robotics.

… well do you spot a problem here? People hat handle parcels might not be capable of programing robots (who is?).

And once a robot is programed even the programmer himself/herself becomes “obsolete”.

This clearly leads to a way of life that creates unemployment on a massive scale and in-debts private households, because if humans labor (manual or sophisticated) is not needed anymore – what else can they trade with the rest of “free markets”?

Nothing. They have nothing to trade.

Economy 4.0 needs Society 4.0 and LifeStyle 4.0 which would need redistribution of rights and privileges 4.0 or face ever growing disaster

From a mankind perspective – this is economically unsustainable – in the current system – in any universe – unless the robots are owned by all people.

or: the people do not need to work because the robots produce fresh vegetables for them FOR FREE in their own garden (THEY OWN THE GARDEN not Amazon!) and produce their own fresh water (not Nestle!) and produce their own electricity (not another company).

2016: Company China buys German manufacturing robots company Kuka

Automation is a technological solution that – at first sight – solve a problem – while under the current rule set of the system increases inequality and creates even bigger problems that were there in the first place (crime) – but were smaller.

While human level robots that would automate tasks such as elderly care taking, are still a thing of the future, but companies are never the less working on it and in 2050 – grandmum will be dealing with robots and robots only.

That would be a very sad future.

2016: “FRANKFURT (Reuters) – China’s Midea (000333.SZ) said it will complete its takeover of German robotics maker Kuka (KU2G.DE) in the first half of January after the United States authorities gave the deal a green light.

Midea, which launched a 4.5 billion euro ($5 billion) offer for Kuka in May, said Germany’s markets regulator had approved the settlement of the transaction, allowing it to control a 94.55 percent voting stake in Kuka from January onwards.” (src: reuters.com)

Artificial Intelligence:

manufacturers and logistic companies, hope to save even more jobs and money with AI.

creativity and empathy are the “skills” of tomorrow

now who in the future 4.0 will pay me the unemployed 4.0 for empathy and creativity?

(i don’t know, maybe an government 4.0)

…when you live in the “unemployment per default” future… or maybe unemployment needs to be redefined? But then also private properties and barb wires will have to go… unlikely to happen under the current mindset… i wonder when Mr Bezos (Amazon, richest man) will buy the world and all it’s resources (especially water) and rent it to us SLAVES… what he already does?  That was fast.

“we will make life easier for our workers and our customers”

… the only reasonable use of robots i can see right now: CLEAN UP THIS PLANET! START WITH FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR WASTE! DAMN IT!

(Stockholm, 11 March 2019) The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014–18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009–13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004–2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The five largest exporters in 2014–18 were

  • United States
  • Russia
  • France
  • Germany
  • China

Together, they accounted for 75 per cent of the total volume of arms exports in 2014–18. The flow of arms increased to the Middle East between 2009–13 and 2014–18, while there was a decrease in flows to all other regions.

The gap between the USA and other arms exporters widens

US arms exports grew by 29 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18, and the US share of total global exports rose from 30 per cent to 36 per cent. The gap between the top two arms-exporting states also increased: US exports of major arms were 75 per cent higher than Russia’s in 2014–18, while they were only 12 per cent higher in 2009–13. More than half (52 per cent) of US arms exports went to the Middle East in 2014–18.

‘The USA has further solidified its position as the world’s leading arms supplier,’ says Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘The USA exported arms to at least 98 countries in the past five years; these deliveries often included advanced weapons such as combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles, and large numbers of guided bombs.’

Arms exports by Russia decreased by 17 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18, in particular due to the reduction in arms imports by India and Venezuela. Between 2009–13 and 2014–18 France increased its arms exports by 43 per cent and Germany by 13 per cent. The combined arms exports of European Union member states accounted for 27 per cent of global arms exports in 2014–18.

A small number of countries outside Europe and North America are large arms exporters. China was the fifth largest arms exporter in 2014–18. Whereas Chinese arms exports rose by 195 per cent between 2004–2008 and 2009–13, they increased by only 2.7 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18. Israeli, South Korean and Turkish arms exports increased substantially—60 per cent, 94 per cent and 170 per cent, respectively—between 2009–13 and 2014–18.

Middle Eastern arms imports almost double in the past five years

Arms imports by states in the Middle East increased by 87 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18 and accounted for 35 per cent of global arms imports in 2014–18. Saudi Arabia became the world’s largest arms importer in 2014–18, with an increase of 192 per cent compared with 2009–13. Arms imports by Egypt, the third largest arms importer in 2014–18, tripled (206 per cent) between 2009–13 and 2014–18. Arms imports by Israel (354 per cent), Qatar (225 per cent) and Iraq (139 per cent) also rose between 2009–13 and 2014–18. However, Syria’s arms imports fell by 87 per cent.

‘Weapons from the USA, the United Kingdom and France are in high demand in the Gulf region, where conflicts and tensions are rife,’ says Pieter D. Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Russia, France and Germany dramatically increased their arms sales to Egypt in the past five years.’

 

Asia and Oceania remains the largest importer region

States in Asia and Oceania received 40 per cent of global arms imports in 2014–18, but there was a decrease of 6.7 per cent compared with 2009–13. The top five arms importers in the region were India, Australia, China, South Korea and Viet Nam.

Australia became the world’s fourth largest arms importer in 2014–18 after its arms imports increased by 37 per cent compared with 2009–13. Indian arms imports decreased by 24 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18. Russia accounted for 58 per cent of India’s arms imports in 2014–18. Chinese arms imports decreased, but it was still the world’s sixth largest arms importer in 2014–18.

‘India has ordered a large number of major arms from foreign suppliers; however, deliveries are severely delayed in many cases,’ says Siemon T. Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘In contrast, Chinese arms imports decreased because China has been more successful in designing and producing its own modern weaponry.’

 

Other notable developments:

  • Between 2009–13 and 2014–18 arms imports decreased by states in the Americas (–36 per cent), in Europe (–13 per cent), and in Africa (–6.5 per cent).
  • Algeria accounted for 56 per cent of African imports of major arms in 2014–18. Most other states in Africa import very few major arms.
  • The top five arms importers in sub-Saharan Africa were Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Cameroon and Senegal. Together, they accounted for 56 per cent of arms imports to the subregion.
  • Between 2009–13 and 2014–18 British arms exports increased by 5.9 per cent. In 2014–18 a total of 59 per cent of British arms exports went to the Middle East, the vast bulk of which was made up of deliveries of combat aircraft to Saudi Arabia and Oman.
  • Venezuelan arms imports fell by 83 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18.
  • China delivered major arms to 53 countries in 2014–18, compared with 41 in 2009–13 and 32 in 2004–2008. Pakistan was the main recipient (37 per cent) in 2014–18, as it has been for all five-year periods since 1991.

 

For editors

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database contains information on all international transfers of major arms (including sales, gifts and production licences) to states, international organizations and armed non-state groups from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year, 2018. SIPRI data reflects the volume of deliveries of arms, not the financial value of the deals. As the volume of deliveries can fluctuate significantly year-on-year, SIPRI presents data for five-year periods, giving a more stable measure of trends.

 

For information or interview requests contact Alexandra Manolache (alexandra.manolache@sipri.org, +46 766 286 133) or Stephanie Blenckner (blenckner@sipri.org, +46 8 655 97 47).

Competition – THE key word for many economists for

  • progress defined as:
    • (hopefully) cheaper product prices
    • (hopefully) more innovative products

I would argue that “more competition” “more free trade” does not solve the problem – if the monetary system is fundamentally broken or in other words: no matter how cheap the product – if people have no money to buy them.

“Competition is good, but having only competition is not good” (Bernhard Lietaer, 2015)

This is unsustainable and asking for trouble

Free trade zones (EU, Euro, NAFTA, TTIP) and the abolition of customs duties serve solely to intensify competition.

It brings companies from different countries that do the same/produce the same (e.g. corn or cars) in even more direct conflict with each other without a tariff firewall – while at the same time – all the local laws and regulations are still in place – so it’s an unfair competition.

This in fact – leads to closing down of many companies that can not compete.

EU = Euro = Free Trade Zone, increases misery and sparks anger in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal but also France and UK

One example are German Solar Panel producers (could not compete with China, especially not after they bought machines from Germany to manufacturer solar panels of even higher quality) so they had to close down – now basically ALL solar panels and batteries sold in Germany come from Asia – is this good?

Good for Asia not sooo good for Germany – at least Germans now can enjoy cheaper solar power having become very competing with local power costs of up to 30Cents per 1kWh! (experts calculated 1kWh of solar power has “ownership” costs of 11Cents and falling, if quality of all parts is well done, a 10.000€ investment in solar + battery is necessary per household, so most people can produce 60% of their electricity themselves for the next 30 years)

the Berlin (fire)wall

A lot of East-German companies were closed down straight after the fall of the Berlin (fire)wall – West-German companies did not want to have more competition in the same country/free trade zone.

this is the “creative destruction” that also lead to the economic downfall of East-Germany and 30 years later – unemployment is still way higher than in West-Germany, still people flee these countries, it has not recovered to old strengths – this form of (more or less creative) “destruction”/demolition/closing down of East-German companies was and is a catastrophe for East and West-Germany.

No more people vote far-right in East-Germany than in West-Germany – for exactly this reason.

So i guess we have to decide – more profits at any costs – or engage in more sustainable ways of conduct – after all the next financial crisis will come because it’s the fundamental defects of the debt-money system are not fixed (except maybe in Canada, because the government of Canada has a law that says, the (cash printing) Central Bank of Canada HAS to buy state-bonds – no matter what)).

The EU:

If Kohl and Mitterrand argued (both fathers of the EU and the Euro) – that the EU is a peace project – he just increased amount of conflicts by this free trade zone.

It is not called a free trade zone but that is exactly what it is.

Now highly in debt south states (Greece, Italy, Spain) lost the free trade whoever has more slaves and the cheaper economy game to the North and everybody is angry and the whole thing creates a lot of anger.

The EU-project has shutdown all trade-firewalls across Europe (Switzerland was not that stupid) and with every free trade deal, trade-firewalls with USA, Japan and China are gradually shut down – also hurting German companies that (just as US companies) are paying their people a higher wage than Chinese companies would do.

So the state itself abolishes all means to protect their companies and hopes that everything will regulate itself.

What happens is – when one company has won the competition – the other company needs to close down – resulting in mass unemployment.

Trump still firmly believes in capitalism, but apparently no longer in globalization as means to bring mankind forward (or at least reduce US debt).

Trump restarts the US-trade-Firewalls because he realizes that US is losing the economic war against the Rest of the world.

This economy is unfortunately a war like situation – often not played with fair means. (China is very strategically buying up Western companies with state-loans, that would be like: Amazon gets a governmental loan to buy/take over Alibaba and expand it’s monopoly)

So free trade increases monopolies – also not good.

Even if Greek cars – can not immediately compete with German cars – they should build their own cars – just to be independent from a maybe soon to be dysfunctional monopolistic car manufacturer market – but yes – also to create jobs and build skills.

NAFTA has brought Mexican corn farmers (a lot of manual labor, little machines and chemicals) in DIRECT TRADE CONFLICT with U.S. corn farmers (a lot of automation/machines and chemicals) with devastating consequences.

Competition is good, but having only competition is not good” (Bernhard Lietaer, 2015)

i never quiet understood while every small farmer and small shop keeper “Aunt Emma” has to be brought into compete with all farmers and shop keepers of this world?

I would argue it results in:

Right now the German health care system (thanks to our stupid and corrupt politician puppets and their “advisors” (evil influencers)) get’s sold – just as it’s democracy.

Politicians changed 4 words in a law, and now German HealthCare becomes more privatized and monolithic.

A lot of small doctors will have to close their practice and tell the patients, sorry i mean “customers” or “products”, to take a longer road trip of 100km to the next doctor-HQ, where 100x doctors work in one practice.

More travel costs for the patient but of course – when 100x doctors share the same house and machines – they can “process” more patients per day and hour.

German Supermarkets Aldi and Lidl – do it just like their customers – they only offer few products but in massive quantities.

The small companies vanish the big get bigger – but not every small shop keeper will travel 100km a day to work for the big players.

forget your nice theories about reality. they do not work and are at best “mistakes” and at worst blatant lies that will hurt and anger many many people.

If you want more anger keep going!

Most Lethal Competition: war