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hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite * dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
MONTGOMERY, Ala., USA - Funding cuts and an increased access to digital materials have prompted the Montgomery City-County Public Library system to begin cutting back operating hours. ...Most library branches will be closed on weekends beginning in October and all of them will start closing earlier on some weekdays... - see whole article under today's date.
HONG KONG, H.K.S.A.R., China - ...Despite the onus and obligation to work longer hours, only 37% say they are more productive during this time... - see whole article under today's date.
Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org -
- headlines from *Porter Sq. Books, Boston-Cambridge, & updating from Kate's Kaffee, Boston-Somerville, Mass. USA -
WHAT "HOMELAND SECURITY"? = bit of a joke, even at the highest levels, as long as our computer software is so far ahead of our economic 'software' & employment maintenance -
[and what do we call this scam? -]
non-market MAKEWORK, cf. "luddism," in the news (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too desperate, artificial or even...too military & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
Voluntary benefits package[s] - Cancer insurance, accident insurance, long-term care insurance, dental insurance, vacation club savings plan, identity theft insurance, life insurance (illustration caption)
wall of CLOSURES & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
[Hinting how overdue it was!]
collapsing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no prob with short-time full employment via timesizing -
spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (& OK, apocalypse in general - archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to hide their part in creating it by funneling unlimited %'s of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets partitioned from the warp-speed circulation in consumer & business markets -
Last week I participated in a conference organized by Rethinking Economics, a student-run group hoping to promote, you guessed it, a rethinking of economics. And Mammon knows that economics needs rethinking in the wake of a disastrous crisis, a crisis that was neither predicted nor prevented.
[Sure it was predicted, by us, from 1999 to 2004, when we got sooo worried about our fellow Republicans' suicidal tendencies that we re-established residence in Canada.]
It seems to me, however, that itís important to realize that the enormous intellectual failure of recent years took place at several levels. Clearly, [#1] economics as a discipline went badly astray in the years ó actually decades ó leading up to the crisis. But the failings of economics were greatly aggravated by the sins of [#2] economists, who far too often let partisanship or personal self-aggrandizement trump their professionalism. Last but not least, economic [#3] policy makers systematically chose to hear only what they wanted to hear. And it is this multilevel failure ó not the inadequacy of economics alone ó that accounts for the terrible performance of Western economies since 2008.
[Uh, #4: Krugman has missed that performance has been been deteriorating since 1970 when the then-grown-up babyboomers entered the job markets and replaced the wage&spending-depressing labor surplus of the Great Depression. And capitalism just doesn't run well on a labor surplus because the money supply coagulates among the richest and circulation slows.]
In what sense did economics go astray? Hardly anyone predicted the 2008 crisis, but that in itself is arguably excusable in a complicated world...
[It's not that complicated - surplus commodities go down in price and scarce commodities go up - and that applies to human capital too. Labor surplus? = wages&spending sink. Labor shortage, as during World Wars I and II? = wages&spending rise = "wartime prosperity." How to get wartime prosperity without the war? Engineer a labor shortage instead of continuing the job shortage. How? Same as we did from 1840 to 1940 when we cut the 80-hour workweek in half = cut the workweek - and make sure chronic overtime at each cut gets transformed into (training if needed &) JOBS. Soooo simple. So just DO IT!]
The big problem with economic policy is not, however, that conventional economics doesnít tell us what to do. [Yes it is.] In fact, the world would be in much better shape than it is if real-world policy had reflected the lessons of Econ 101...
[Not "much better" but only less bad because the money supply stays coagulated. "Much better" would be if we did what Germany did with Kurzarbeit and extended it into Timesizing and got the money supply back in circulation instead of trapped in the financial sector torpidly clunking around.]
[The five-phase system used to balance worktime per person can then be used to balance flowing money (income) per person and then stored money (wealth) per person and then potential money (credit) per person and then... - all in our followup to the Timesizing program.]
...S&Pís analysis builds on a previous report this year in which it said the widening gap between the wealthiest and everyone else has slowed the US economyís recovery from the Great Recession. Because consumer spending fuels about 70% of the economy, weak pay growth typically slows economic growth... The combination of an increasingly global economy, greater productivity from technology, and outsize investment returns has shifted a rising share of money to the wealthy. Of all the dollars earned in 2012, more than 22% went to the top 1%. That share has more than doubled since 1979...
Graduated tax rates seen as one strategy for states like Massachusetts, 9/15 AP via BG, B7.
...Pumping the brakes during a skid, for instance, may be the right thing to do in an older car, but exactly the wrong thing to do in a car equipped with ABS.\.
[But the best quote -]
...ďAnybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?Ē ...George Carlin...
Religion and sex donít go well togetheróat least in the short term, according to research from Pennsylvania State University. In the year after they lost their virginity, college students reported a significant drop in attendance at religious services and in the importance of religion in their lives. However, after a year, these measures snapped back to their previous trajectory...
[Times to bring back the Babylonian fertility cult and the Spartan code (what's the sniffy word for the population-control man-boy relationship in ancient Sparta?) Funny how little we still hear about those!]
[Ah yes, the once-great know-it-all USofA, great friend of monopolies & plutocracies - and killing itself slowly... Such an instant expert on sustainable national monetary sustainability - in lew of learning from others' (or its own!) experience...]
...France's economy has stalled [like US' hasn't?]. Technocrats in Brussells are demanding deep spending cuts [just the thing for a crisis of insufficient spending - not; they should learn from the 16-hour workweek promoted by U.S. technocrats in the 30s]; Socialists at home are in revolt...
[Uh, aren't these the people Hollande is supposed to be representing? Hollande=Obama. Incapable of representing his base. Are there NO "representatives" anywhere in the world capable of actually representing and doing what those who elected them want?]
French Pres. Francois Hollande has seen approval ratings plunge. (photo caption)
[Gee, how could that be?]
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