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The NCAA calls them “student-athletes,” so that they can’t file for work-compensation benefits, and (as I’ve discussed before) their situation carries “an unmistakable whiff of the plantation.”
So, beginning with the Northestern football program, they’re beginning to fight back, by attempting to form a union.
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter at a hearing Tuesday detailed a grueling football schedule that he contends didn’t allow him to pursue his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
Colter, a senior whose college career is over, was the key witness of the College Athletes Players Association, a recently formed union that filed an election petition in January with the National Labor Relations Board. The union is seeking to unionize Northwestern football players who receive scholarships. . .
Colter said he tried to meet class requirements needed to apply to medical school but he was unable to do so because he couldn’t miss football practice or related activities such as workouts and meetings.
As a result, he said, he switched to psychology, a less challenging major that allowed him to continue to succeed academically and meet his football obligations.
“It truly is a job,” Colter said. “There is no way around it.”
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Martin Wolf is right: “technology itself does not dictate the outcomes.”
But the capitalist use of technology to increase profits does pose some serious problems:
there could be a large adjustment shock as workers are laid off; the market wages of unskilled people might fall far below a socially acceptable minimum; and, combined with other new technologies, robots might make the distribution of income far more unequal than it is already.
And so the obvious question: what should be done?
Wolf appropriately rejects education as a “magic wand.” He suggests, instead, reconsidering leisure:
For a long time the wealthiest lived a life of leisure at the expense of the toiling masses. The rise of intelligent machines makes it possible for many more people to live such lives without exploiting others. Today’s triumphant puritanism finds such idleness abhorrent. Well, then, let people enjoy themselves busily. What else is the true goal of the vast increases in prosperity we have created?
And redistributing income and wealth:
Such redistribution could take the form of a basic income for every adult, together with funding of education and training at any stage in a person’s life. In this way, the potential for a more enjoyable life might become a reality. The revenue could come from taxes on bads (pollution, for example) or on rents (including land and, above all, intellectual property). Property rights are a social creation. The idea that a small minority should overwhelming benefit from new technologies should be reconsidered. It would be possible, for example, for the state to obtain an automatic share in the income from the intellectual property it protects.
Sounds like a good start to me. . .