Join the creators of BackStory with the American History Guys for a live taping of the radio show at the Miller Center. BackStory is the American history-themed public radio show hosted by University of Virginia History Professor Peter Onuf, University of Richmond President Edward Ayers, and Miller Center GAGE Chair Brian Balogh.
The show's theme is "Looking for Work: A History of Unemployment," and explores themes such as joblessness, immigration, and internal migration through three centuries of American life.
In July 2007, Edward Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.
A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited ten books. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492. A pioneer in digital history, Ayers created The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, a Web site that has attracted millions of users and won major prizes in the teaching of history.
Ayers has received a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, served as a Fulbright professor in the Netherlands, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Balogh is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia and Director of the GAGE National Fellowship Program.
Before coming to U.Va., Brian Balogh taught history at Harvard University. Trained as a historian at The Johns Hopkins University, his specialties are 20th century American history, political history, history of science and technology, and environmental history. Professor Balogh is co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a call-in radio show produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and supported by the Miller Center: http://www.backstoryradio.org.
Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and author of Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (Virginia) and co-author (with Nicholas G. Onuf) of Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War.
Condition of a person who is able to work, is actively seeking work, but is unable to find any. Statistics on unemployment are collected and analyzed by government labour offices in most countries and are considered an important indicator of economic health. Since World War II full employment has been a stated goal of many governments. Full employment is not necessarily synonymous with a zero unemployment rate, since at any given time the unemployment rate will include some people who are between jobs and not unemployed in any long-term sense. Underemployment is the term used to describe the situation of those who are able to find employment only for shorter than normal periodsfor example, part-time workers and seasonal workersand may also describe the condition of workers whose education or training makes them overqualified for their jobs.
These gentlemen were interesting when they were not bantering and trying to be amusing.
The subject is certainly serious enough to that it deserved to be addressed with a bit of gravity, in my opinion. The gentlemen seem to enjoy each other and being on the radio, as if that was some new invention. I don't really care that it was on live web or radio. Nor, do I suspect many in the audience from the looks of it.
However in all fairness they each have important if not well flushed out points of view. I watched it between commercial breaks of cable TV and checking my email to keep myself awake. I give it 3 stars.
You are so correct in all of logistic call to reform. Yet is it not the central bankers of europe that call the shots
in the US to keep the workers at bay via the multi national scheme to control control congress?
Something doesn't add up!
Reading the CIA Online World Fact Book I came across some surprising statistics, the top three exporting countries in the world are #3-USA #2-China and #1 with only a population of 82 million is Germany!
My first thought was something doesn't add up about the story of US manufacturing job losses in the last few years.
We were told manufacturing jobs, were transferred to other countries, due to the following reasons,
-short working hours
-too much holiday time off
-medical care costs
-unemployment insurance costs
Well something doesn't add up!
In Germany workers,
-earn close to US wages
-by law a union representative sits on the board of directors of all public companies
-environmental regulations are much tougher in Germany
-workplace safety regulations are tougher
-they work fewer hours per week
-every worker has a minimum four weeks of vacation plus holidays for a total of 39 days per year, the US has a minimum of one week vacation plus holidays for a total of 13 days per year
-Germany has universal free medical care which is considered one of the best in the world
-unemployment insurance last much much longer than in the US
-etc. etc. etc.
There are however at least two areas in which the US leads Germany,
-as a larger country it has vastly more natural resources.
-AND! US workers are the most productive workers in the world and have been so for many years!
Something doesn't add up!
If Germany, with more of the "problems" purportedly hobbling US manufacturing can provide it's workers and citizens with one of the highest standards of living and the US with more natural resources plus a more productive work force cannot,
SOMETHING DOESN'T ADD UP!
I am inclined to look not for something Germany has, but rather a flaw in the US model.
Extemporaneously, I would suspect Germany's long tradition of working your way to the top by starting at the bottom, endows one with a broad, full and rich experience of the industry which you end up running. This multi year acquired in depth knowledge is what gives German companies their competitive edge.
Compare this to the US, where business school graduates lack this essential insight into the companies they are hired to lead.
The entire focus is not on improving product, but instead the focus is on quarterly profits driving stock prices, and the accompanying stock options, which are the chief focus of executives.
This is focusing on short term returns and combined with a lack of improving the product leads down the path of, first boost stock prices, then sell the business or export production to low wage countries.
In the end, executives will walk away with an incredible amount of money earned over what is a really short time span.
Compare this to German executives, expending many years working their way to the top; they would be aghast at the thought of selling or moving production of a company with such a long and rich heritage, to another country.
The American executive has meanwhile moved on to the next "hot market", like financial services, no need for putting in years learning the rules. We’re making up the new rules as we go and grow, ......... unless something unexpected happens, or perhaps, what if the system was flawed and doomed to begin with?
I got my offshore tax haven account, my jet, my yacht, my mansion in the Hamptons, my Caribbean winter estate. etc. etc..