Tag Archives: Productivity
Those who understand its post-capitalist rules will prosper
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:47 PM
In 1993, management guru Peter Drucker published a short book entitled Post-Capitalist Society. Despite the fact that the Internet was still in its pre-browser infancy, Drucker identified the developed-world economies as knowledge-based – as opposed to from industrial economies, which were were from the agrarian societies they superseded.
Drucker used the term post-capitalist not to suggest the emergence of a new “ism” beyond the free market, but to describe a new economic order that was no longer defined by the adversarial classes of labor and the owners of capital. Now that knowledge has trumped financial capital and labor alike, the new classes are knowledge workers and service workers.
It may not be the boon we're counting on
by Gregor Macdonald
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 5:03 PM
The quest for cheap energy and cheap labor is a conquering human urge, one that has played out with notable ferocity starting with the Industrial Revolution. The introduction of coal into British manufacturing and the more recent outsourcing of Western manufacturing to Asia have marked key thresholds in this ongoing progression.
But despite the harvesting of additional productivity gains from the more recent revolution in information technology, the suite of macro data suggests that the rate of advancement in physical production has slowed, notably, in the past thirty years.
Seen in this light, the greatest gains to global industrial production were probably enjoyed from the late 18th century (when coal extraction and use began in earnest) into the mid-20th century (when oil reached broad distribution). In contrast, computers, the Internet, and the leveraging of developing world labor might eventually be seen as the finishing touches on this great industrial wave.
Practically every day I post my observations about what is happening in the markets and larger world for enrolled members in the “Martenson Insider” area and then we discuss it.
Here is yesterday’s post (11/5/09).
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After digging around and sifting through the things both said and not said, I have come to the conclusion that what we are seeing are the likely effects of a rescue operation.
By this I mean a large injection of stabilizing cash to one or more parties, possibly related to the recent large bankruptcies. Two of my friends, who have been actively trading for more than 20 years between them, threw in the towel this week, as their patterns and methods are no longer working.
Their conclusion is the same as mine; this market is not trading like it used to. It is trading chaotically, counterintuitively, and as if there’s some sort of distorting influence involved.
First, we might just wonder if this isn’t the impact of a rogue firm with entirely too much power moving the market for its own benefit.