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Employment

Full employment is considered impossible by those who support the free market. At the same time excess personal are not kept in storage somewhere; they are living breathing people. Liberal policy on employment is of necessity incoherent and incomplete. Job creation is a priority for Ecumenics despite it being both impossible in a free market and from a free market perspective, less than desireable. 

Employment

Full employment is considered impossible by those who support the free market. At the same time excess personal are not kept in storage somewhere; they are living breathing people. Liberal policy on employment is of necessity incoherent. Job creation is a priority for Ecumenics despite it being both impossible in a free market and from a free market perspective, less than desireable. 

Oddly, in primitive cultures there is no unemployment. Everyone does something, everyone from the youngest to the oldest contributes value to the tribe. One of the difficulties of transitioning to a modern culture is what to do with all the young and old workers who need to be made redundant to force employers to hire able bodied adults at a wage rate that will enable them to support their dependents. Liberal economies do not want and cannot tolerate full employment.

Ecumenics believe the present system does not spread the costs of unemployment equally. Unemployment is a social cost but its burdans are not equally felt and in fact often carried by those who had no real choice in how or why it was created.

Ecumenics make unemployment a cost borne by those who are ultimately responsible for its creation, the market as a whole. Unemployment is not something individuals must sholder alone regardless of their lack of culpability for its existence. Thus, in an Ecumenic  it does not pay to create or allow unemployment for any of its members. Society creates unemployment, it is society that pays for unemployment, it is society that must have the power and responsibility for eliminating it, which is why Employment Ecumenics are given this power and this responsibility.