This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Tuesday, November 12th
Are you there yet?
By “there,” I mean have you at last become a 1-percenter? It’s the dream of many social climbers to be in the top percentile, but it’s a steep climb – it now takes a paycheck of $515,000 a year to dwell with the swells at the peak!
Actually, that just makes you sorta rich. To rise to the tippy-top of the really richy-rich – the top 0.001 percent – your income has to be above $63 million a year, an exclusive club with only 1,433 members.
Meanwhile, back down on Earth, it’s harder and harder for working families to make ends meet, even with full-time jobs. The media keep citing low joblessness as evidence that the economy is humming – but getting work no longer means getting a decent paycheck. In fact, the fastest growing job categories today are low-wage, no-benefit service positions, a primary cause of raging inequality in America.
Indeed, a fast-growing new job category is called “wealth work,” which doesn’t mean getting wealthy, but working for the wealthy. It’s a new underclass of poorly-paid personal-service attendants who beautify, shop for, and otherwise tend to the care, feeding, and desires of the rich. The Atlantic magazine reports that job growth for pedicurists, pet caretakers, private cooks, etc., is at least double the overall growth in jobs. Moreover, there’s a surge in demand for gift wrappers, horse exercisers, oyster preparers, animal therapists, sommeliers, and such.
We must stop letting the Powers That Be pretend that all is right in America as long as the stock market is booming, jobs (or jobettes) are being created, and the 1-percenters are prospering. The glue that holds our diverse society together is the egalitarian ethic of the Common Good. As my ol’ Texas daddy used to put it to me, “Everybody does better when everybody does better.”
“To reach top 1%, you need a $500,000 salary,” Austin American Statesman,” October 19, 2019.
“The New Servant Class,” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/americas-hot-new-job-being-rich-persons-servant/595774/, August 12, 2019.
“What The Future Of Work Means For Cities,” https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/01/15/685463786/what-the-future-of-work-means-for-cities, January 15, 2019.
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Enjoy a free guided moonlight walk tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the UW Arboretum. Take in the moonlight sounds and sights and consider what may have inspired the Ho-Chunk people to call the November full moon the Running Deer Moon. Meet at the Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway. For information, phone 263-7888,
A free Medicare informational session will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street. Open enrollment runs through December 7th. Donna Bryant with the Wisconsin Bureau on Aging will answer questions and provide the insight needed to make informed decisions. Phone 266-6581 today to reserve a place.
The Goodman Community Center Older Adult program offers a regular calendar of activities and resources for living well for adults age 60 and over. See old friends and make new ones while you enjoy gentle exercise, delicious meals, favorite games and other programs. No reservations or registrations are required for meals and programs. For details, call 204-8032, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Insurgent Radio Kiosk is a four minute pre-recorded segment featuring a commentary and a calendar of daily events. Events must be low cost or non-profit and of interest to people in and around the WORT listening area and that other media might not highlight. Please submit announcements at least ten days before the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements
The Kiosk is available online at wortfm.org/kiosk.
This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. With Engineer Alida, I’m Union Maid. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements