Any Job Can Be Outsourced or Eliminated

It seems many in the blogosphere believe that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are secure, hard to outsource or eliminate. They therefore believe that education in such areas is better than art history or literature.

I believe otherwise..

Let us first consider the various motivations for outsourcing.

1. To cut costs and SHOW profit through accounting rules.
2. Because everyone else is doing it.
3. To pump up the price of shares by generating “buzz”.

Did you notice something? Any talk about the company’s future beyond quarterly and yearly financial reports is irrelevant. Nobody who makes these decisions cares, thinks or is concerned with any human /material consequences of their actions.

It is about bonuses, spin, deception and outright fraud. If the loss of your job does not affect their current quarterly report or yearly bonus- it is not safe, and they do not care about long-term consequences.

Now let us talk about job elimination..

Until 2007, being a realtor was not a bad gig. From the beginning of the industrial revolution in the USA to the 1970s, factory jobs were always available and increasing in number. Travel agents made an OK living until the mid-late 1990s. A computer science degree from a good state university could get you a good and reasonably stable career until the early-mid 2000s. State governments jobs were once seen as fairly stable, if not quite as much as federal ones.

Do you think that the glut in students studying to be teachers, nurses, medical assistant types, lawyers etc will not cause down ward pressure on wages? Do you really think some technological innovation might make your skill set useless? Who is going to pay for your retraining and how many times are you going to do it?

Clearly, we require a solution of a type beyond what CONservatives, LIEbertarians or LIEbrals can even being to conceive- Minimal Consumption Entitlement: 1

But YOU are special and things will always work out for YOU.. right?


  1. January 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    If academic mathematician jobs ever start getting axed, I wonder how feasible it would be for mathematicians to form self-sufficient “mathestaries” modeled off of medieval monasteries.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

    DeGaulle was on point when he said “Graveyards are filled with irreplaceable men.”

  3. w
    January 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    People do not get this. We will all be fucked before they do.

  4. DoesNotMatter
    January 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    An angry, bitter, jaded, asshole like you with a charred heart talking about compassion and creating a more just system helping out other people? Gimme a fucking break!

  5. January 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    You’d be surprised at what a man can earn (not just monetarily) if he’s willing to move. Of course, speaking of myself, I have enough family ties to move to three separate continents (four if I count Australia, which I don’t) and be alright.

    • P Ray
      February 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

      A lot of “family and close friends” show how they live up to the idea of “family and close friends”, WHEN you are in a real jam.
      It’s easy for people to be charitable before they’re asked for a donation.

  6. hoipolloi
    February 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The STEM jobs are easy to outsource. Science and Tech are same anywhere in the world. Service and other creative jobs, like design, marketing, sales which persons with arts and social subjects can do are safer.

    • P Ray
      February 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I have the opinion that a lot of design, marketing and sales … are positions held by women.
      Those are in demand, and can be held – provided she’s hot.
      When that goes, so does the position.
      Besides, the kind of design, marketing and sales that requires dedicated round-the-clock staff …
      is not selling of workaday items but luxuries.
      A shrinking consumer base and a larger increase in people selling previously-owned goods, makes it harder to get a “markup for new” unless you are dealing with personal symbols of status that are easily displayed e.g. new car, new phone, new suit, new house.
      And the consumers know it too, so there is a lot of trying to get across the idea of “breaking in a virgin product”.
      Of course, when it comes to relationships, men are supposed to expect to be married to a former slut because all men are studs who preyed on women LOL 🙂

  7. P Ray
    April 17, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Eventually even romance will be outsourced, there will probably be a simping app that overlays the man’s image over some flowery prose.

    A bit like this:

  8. April 18, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Vital; especially in these times. This Covid-19 bullshit proves what most people are incapable of finalizing – Most people can work from home or be independent contractors and people should home-school their kids rather than putting off on the fucking system designed for them to fail and “go along to get along”… among other things!

    • P Ray
      February 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

      The real reason people go to school and universities is to build networks. Also to figure out who to keep out and who to let in.

      There is a reason why Harvard and Stanford are over-represented in the tech field, and why Travis Kalanick was always under a microscope … he had the charisma but not the pedigree to continue being in the tech field.

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