Wow, Quincy, someone who actually offers solutions and the background to support them. Great article. At the turn of the twentieth century, there were thousands of printers setting block type before metal type came along. My grandfather was one of them. When the change came, these printers, along with all the agrarian farm hands who weren’t needed because of steam-powered thrashing machines and harvesters, were out of work. No one even thought of retraining. These workers simply faded away. Today, retraining is not only possible, it’s essential. They say 40% of workers will lose their jobs to automation. Yet governments want to raise the retirement age to 67. Politicians are so out of touch and you’re absolutely right—coding makes a lot of sense. So do industries like wind power, solar power and ocean power. Right now, America is doing none of the things to a level that could sustain thousands—possibly millions—of workers. Thanks for the post.

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