Let us examine the case of U.S. youth from this standpoint, by going back to the population and labor-force bar-graphs with which LaRouche frequently began his one-semester political economy course during the 1970s.  If we project that the U.S. population rises to 400 million by 2050, we might assume that about one-quarter will be under age 16, leaving a working-age population, in that sense, of about 300 million.

Applying a labor-force participation rate of, say, 63%, yields a labor-force of about 190 million.

LaRouche has said that the proportion of the labor-force engaged in R&D must rise up above 5%, or in this case for 2050, attain and surpass 9.5 million men and women.  Although there may be no present-day statistics for ready comparison (because of some current over-broad definitions of R&D), it is clear that a scientific and engineering workforce of that size, wrestling with the problems of fusion energy, space travel, and optical biophysics and medicine, would mean a total revolution in science and society.

Lyndon LaRouche never ceased to write about the education required for creative scientists. Now at last his ideas will be applied on the appropriate enormous scale.

The same total revolution may be seen perhaps more clearly in the “productive operatives” category of total employment, including operatives in manufacturing, mining, transportation, utilities, construction and agriculture.  Roughly speaking, this is the blue-collar workforce.  LaRouche has said this category must comprise 50% of the workforce, or, in this case for 2050, some 95 million men and women.  Today the U.S. has at most 20 million, after the long downslide beginning with the death of Franklin Roosevelt.  Instead, the great majority of its workforce is overhead—and most of it unnecessary overhead.

For 2050, this will be an enormous shift from unnecessary sales and clerical employment, including the all-devouring “FIRE,” or finance, insurance and real-estate.  Add in the shift, not just from unemployment, but also from underemployment, in which the worker’s skills are unused or barely used.

Program Details
Topics Economy, Currency, Hong Kong
Episode S7E31
Broadcast Week Sep 25th 2019
Duration 00:27:23
Audience Rating TV-G
Genre Variety
Theme Cultural Perspectives
Language English
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