“The only justice that exists in this world is that which we create…”
– Elliot Kim
Topics: History, Anthropology, Labor Rights, Society, Society Changes
Title: History and Anthropology Perspectives: Past, Present (COVID-19), and Future
of Labor and Society
Participants: Elliot Kim, Historian
Release Date: 09/08/20
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- “Hustory” is the human story.
- What happens when you intersect labor rights as lived experiences with the academic perspective of a Historian?
- How does the long history of people advocating for a just compensation of their labor, connect to the present COVID19 labor issues?
- Why do we need to work 40 hours a week?
- How will our work patterns change as a result of COVID-19?
- How did the “unskilled worker” get reclassified as an essential worker?
- Is there a difference between Hazard-pay and Equitable-pay?
- What happens to the people that cannot do their jobs remotely?
- Can we update an employment model that is approximately 200-years-old?
- How do we recognize dignity in all labor?
- Are the creative opportunities of employment changes being co-opted to reproduce exploitation of labor?
- Did Adam Smith believe it was economically more advantageous to convert a slave into an employee?
- Do employers only see workers as non-human capital?
- As a human being, how do you want to participate on this planet?
- People power
- Ludlow Massacre of April 20, 1914. Why did the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards attack 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado?
- How do we dream big? Dream beyond the expectations of being reasonable.
- Have you read Looking Backward by Edward Belamy?
- What is the utopian vision for labor for an equitable world?
- What is the difference between a living wage, family wage and a fair wage?
- Does the arc of history bend toward justice or chaos?
- Change is constant.
- Are expressions of our power as individuals, able to change our reality?
- Did COVID-19 sever our sense of collective work experiences?
- How fast can we change society, to make it more equitable for everyone that is currently struggling?
- Can we turn around society for the better in a week?
- History happens through incremental changes but also through abrupt shifts and marked moments.
- Was Emit Till killed as a result of a lie from Carolyn Bryant?
- What is your perception of time?
- How do we image the future?
- “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”
- Is history cyclical?
- What are useful physical tools for understanding concepts such as History, Society and Time?
- How do we acknowledge our own agency to do better?