JIT and the Robo-Economy

M.G. McIntosh

OPINION

11/17/2021

CONCEPT REPORT

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INTRODUCTION

There’s no such thing as a “supply chain crisis”. Yes, I know. MSM told you there was. In my opinion, they are mostly just dancing around the truth and the endgame of this whole debacle: Setting up Just-In-Time Manufacturing as a prelude to the automation of the workforce. What’s really telling though, is the fact that liberal media has thus far failed to mention this to its viewers. After all, hailing the new system as a success, both environmentally and as a cost control measure for businesses, would make Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau and the rest of the Liberal leadership look almost passable as a government. That they have all chosen not to, shows you just how much they dislike their own leadership. Let’s not forget, all the talking heads on CNN, MSNBC and CBC in Canada are partly hired for their talents as a “spin doctor”. Either they are grossly overrated, or have made a conscious decision to “flip off” their administration. You decide. But let’s look a little deeper at JIT and just how I figured out this was happening in our economy.

JUST-IN-TIME MANUFACTURING

Just-In-Time Manufacturing or JIT is a theory that was taught to me in my Cost Accounting courses. I majored in Accounting and minored in Marketing. I actually worked a few summers in the Operations Management field too, as an assistant to the full-time staff. JIT is based on the idea that demand can be met in one of two ways: push and pull. Push is where you mass manufacture goods, put them on the store shelf and try to sell them. Pull is JIT and it means that production starts only when an order is received. This means you produce only what you need and only when you need it – you produce your goods just-in-time to meet the demand, never before. You are always chasing demand. When you put the supply issues in this light it sounds almost logical. As for producing only what you need, well, that could be interpreted as environmentalism in the sense that you’re not producing anything that won’t sell and ultimately ends up in the garbage. But it’s not actual environmentalism. It’s cost control packaged in green, reusable theory. Yeah, that’s right. We’re not just making your old plastic new again, we’re making your tired old theories into a woke curriculum – and ultimately the worker pays the price. With that being said, I’d like to talk about the effects of a JIT economy on the working class.

WORKING CLASS BURNOUT

Probably the most notable effect of a JIT economy is that there is massive and widespread burnout amongst workers everywhere. The United States just experienced two straight months of record “quits” in the labour force as people look to get better jobs, higher wages and less intense work. Wait – why is the work so intense? Well, if you can’t keep up with demand, you can’t rest either. In the past, ‘idle workers’ were a normal phenomenon. Store shelves would be stocked with goods so most of the work was processing the items through the checkout. Workers had plenty of time to relax, take a break and even have a bite to eat. Gone are the days when a worker had a moment for themselves. Turns out the Biden Administration isn’t so worker friendly after all. These days you work hard from the moment you arrive and stay a little later too. In the meantime, there is no help in sight. And there won’t be any help at all. This is the new normal and as I said earlier a prelude to automation in the workforce.

AUTOMATION

The elite have a unique way of seeing the world. They tend to view the working class as the problem – a barrier to more wealth. After all, we all need healthcare, which is expensive and we can only do so much work without rest. Machines, on the other hand, are more durable and can produce all day long. Machines can run all night too because they don’t need sleep. This means endless production. And endless sales. The way the rich see it, the first step in automating the world is to convince workers everywhere that work is just too hard. Cue the JIT manufacturing. If workers are burning out, they won’t want to work. This sets the stage for people to stay at home – permanently. The pandemic was a nice trial balloon for this concept. Workers got paid to stay home unless they were deemed ‘necessary’. This likely helped the elite troubleshoot the financial aspects of keeping people at home. I believe that the second step will be increased mechanization. Bear in mind that mechanization is different from automation. Mechanization means that you essentially press a button and walk away. You may need to load and unload the machine too, but that’s all. The machine is not self-sufficient. Automation, on the other hand, is when the machine has a brain or AI and is self-sufficient. You are not needed at all. Increasing mechanization means that businesses are increasingly dependent on the machine themselves, a prerequisite for a fully automated workplace. After all, you’ve kind of got to convince companies that machines are better and make them commonplace. In other words, you want your foot in the door. The step after that is to upgrade the machines. I wouldn’t be surprised if “smart” businesses become a real thing in the next few years.

CONCLUSION

With all this going on in the background of the pandemic, it’s easy to see why this has been missed by so many. Between burnout from work, changes in school curriculum and paying bills, who could keep up with plans of big government? In this regard I am lucky enough to have been mostly insulated from the fallout of the pandemic era. Unfortunately, most other workers have not been and might get blind-sided yet again. Personally, I learned very quickly to pace myself and forget about the long lines of customers ahead of me. I guess I settled for an honest day’s work. Thanks for reading! Please like, share and tell all you friends to follow me on twitter!

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