Unemployment LO30641

From: Terje A. Tonsberg (tatonsberg@hotmail.com)
Date: 10/04/03

Greetings At,

You said:
>It comes from the Saxon word "cnaw-lec". Here "cnaw"=emergence and

Thanks, an etymological pearl!

At said:
> It is here where the problem begins. Think of the unemployed people in a
> country. It may range from as low as 6% (USA) through 30% (South Africa)
> to as high as 70% ( Zimbabwe). The policy is usually that the government
> has to create jobs or at least conditions for such jobs. The policy is
> seldom that people have to learn how to create jobs for themselves as
> entrepeneurs. Why?

Maybe the concept of unemployement is a problem in itself? Having, like
you, spent quite a bit of time in developing countries, I think this
concept ignores a lot of cultural aspects. When you import this highly
capitalistic concept, and start labelling people in this manner, you are
sometimes importing a problem that did not exist before. E.g. you might go
to a country with, say, 40% unemployment and people are doing OK. They
spend their time on other things, and somehow they do get enough food and
shelter to get by because people, especially families, help each other.
Sometimes they do a little business or help somebody out for a while. And
they don't mind until you tell them that if they don't have a TV and VCR
or whatever, they are noone and nothing and also give them the label
"unemployed" under the title "unemployement problem."



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