- The End of Work
"The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era" is a
non-fictionbook by American economist Jeremy Rifkin, published in 1995 by Putnam Publishing Group.cite book| author = Rifkin, Jeremy| title = The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era| publisher = Putnam Publishing Group| year = 1995| id = ISBN 0-87477-779-8] In 1995, Rifkin contended that worldwide unemployment would increase as information technologyeliminates tens of millions of jobs in the manufacturing, agriculturaland service sectors. He traced the devastating impact of automationon blue-collar, retailand wholesale employees. While a small elite of corporate managers and knowledge workers reap the benefits of the high-tech global economy, the American middle classcontinues to shrink and the workplacebecomes ever more stressful. As the market economyand public sectordecline, Rifkin predicted the growth of a " third sector"- voluntary and community-based service organizations - that will create new jobs with government support to rebuild decaying neighborhoods and provide social services. To finance this enterprise, he advocated scaling down the military budget, enacting a value added taxon nonessential goods and servicesand redirecting federal and state funds to provide a " social wage" in lieu of welfare payments to third-sector workers.
Philosopher of economicsConstantine George Caffentzis is critical of Jeremy Rifkin and Antonio Negrias two of the major contributors to the "end of work" discourse and literature of the 1990s which he argues has been theoretically and empirically refuted.cite paper| author = Caffentzis, Constantine George| title = The End of Work or the Renaissance of Slavery? A Critique of Rifkin and Negri| date = 1998 | url = http://www.korotonomedya.net/otonomi/caffentzis.html| accessdate=2007-08-21]
* [http://www.foet.org/books/end-work.html Jeremy Rifkin: The Foundation of Economic Trends: Books: The End of Work]
* [http://multitudes.samizdat.net/article1927.html The End of Work or the Renaissance of Slavery? A Critique of Rifkin and Negri]
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