http://www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot. ... -rush.htmlThere’s a fair amount of subtlety to the strategy defined by those words. As our society stumbles down the ragged curve of its decline, more and more people are going to lose the ability to maintain what counts as a normal lifestyle—or, rather, what counted as a normal lifestyle in the recent past, and is no longer quite so normal today as it once was. Each new round of crisis will push more people further down the slope; minor and localized crises will affect a relatively smaller number of people, while major crises affecting whole nations will affect a much larger number. As each crisis hits, though, there will be a rush of people toward whatever seems to offer a way out, and as each crisis recedes, there will be another rush of people toward whatever seems to offer a way back to what used to be normal. The vast majority of people who join either rush will fail. Remember the tens of thousands of people who applied for a handful of burger-flipping jobs during the recent housing crash, because that was the only job opening they could find? That’s the sort of thing I mean.
100% of U.S. Jobs Added Since 2010 Have Been Self-Employment, Contractor, or Other Jobs Without Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Since 2009... the economy added 2.36 million jobs according to the BLS. Of those 2.36 million jobs, 5.91 million (250%) were self-employment or jobs otherwise not covered by unemployment insurance benefits.
I don't know how much or whether those two quotes correlate but they sure seem related to me. I guess if one believes nothing changes unless for the better, they could put a positive spin on just about anything, that last factoid included. I have been freelance since 1989 in an ongoing attempt to be more independent so I'm not saying self-employment is a bad thing necessarily, except as the druid writes, for people hoping to recreate normal. Self-employment is definitely not 8 & Out and of course not all those 6 million are "entrepreneurs" – many are just temps and part-timers who don't get bennies like "Owner" on their inkjet business cards.
So, anyone else planning on preemptive collapse?