Suppose your grandfather drowned himself when you were 12 and your father bled himself to death a few months later, and you're the oldest son in the next generation. Feeling a little nervous that you're next? Got a real good reason to live? How about identifying and solving the biggest human challenge of your lifetime, and implementing the solution as much as possible till you die naturally? That's the story behind this website.|
My name's Philip Hyde III. I'm trying to live down the deaths of the first two Phil Hyde's. The challenge I've identified has many names, like 'saving the world.' But you can't start with hunger - no one with money is hungry. You can't start with poverty - no one with a good job is poor. Start with jobs and everything else gets a lot easier. This is the biggest & oldest website on achieving full employment, but see also our backgrounders.
hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
(free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology and lower workweeks, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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 -
POWYS, Wales, U.K. - ...Powys County Council is looking to cut library service costs by £350,000 in the next financial year as part of moves to reduce overall council spending... One option, which has now been rejected following the consultation, was to close 11 out of 18 of Powys’ libraries and another would have seen five close. The option now put forward by the cabinet is to reduce opening hours by 20% and move the mobile library from fortnightly to monthly. ...“Nearly 2,000 people responded to our consultation and 71% supported the option of reducing opening hours by 20%..." - see whole article under today's date.
[Better hours reductions than job reductions, timesizing than downsizing! Now a couple of contradictions - longer hours (than 19) that are still shorter hours (than 40) and shortening hours that are bad -]
HOLDEN, Mass., USA - ...Novak was at the meeting to ask for 30 hours for the rec director’s job when the position is advertised. “It’s definitely more than a 19-hour-a-week job,” she said... - see whole article under today's date.
MEDFORD, Ore., USA --- Some 100 intellectually and developmentally disabled workers in Southern Oregon are having their hours cut at Goodwill, as the company restructures its policies as mandated by the state... The reason is the Governor's executive order and the employment first policy, which aims to integrate these workers [=cover for budget&tax cuts]. Shae Johns/VP, Mission services at Goodwill, "The state is saying that paid work experiences in sheltered workshops are no longer acceptable for people to get training."... - 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 *Globe Mags&Cigars Ottawa-Byward Canada & updating from Kate's Kaffee, Boston-Somerville MA USA -
whaaat 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 -
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 -
CF-18 Hornets depart for Operation Impact from Cold Lake, Alta., [Canada] on Tuesday. They are making their way to Kuwait, to join the [US] fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham ('ISIS')...
[Not a good idea to dignify a primitive bunch of beheaders with a big military makework operation or the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess, who has rested in peace for millennia. But that's radical PM Harper for you. Ask not what you can do for Canada. Ask only what Harper is doing TO Canada now that naive Canadians, swallowing his "Conservative" self-labeling, have given him a plurality.]
wall of CLOSURES &BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
With companies set to face fines next year for not complying with the new mandate to offer health insurance, some are pursuing strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid to avoid penalties. The penalties, of about $2,000 per employee, were supposed to start this year, but the Obama administration delayed them until 2015, when they take effect for firms that employ at least 100 people...
[A country that wants sales and believes you get less of what you tax but taxes ... sales. A country that wants business but taxes ... business. A country that wants growth (=upsizing) but practices downsizing. And all this to avoid taxing those who have farfarfar more money than they know what to do with. All this to save intact the dream of becoming rich and untouchable, regardless of how low that dream brings the rest of the economy. And then a country that wonders why it can't seem to really "recover." America, or rather America's wealthy decision-makers, were not always this stupid. They could have separated health insurance from jobs, like every other country that has universal health insurance, but they didn't. They could have copied the Hawaiian health plan of 1990 which linked it to jobs but even small businesses liked it, but they didn't, Instead they copied the Loonytoonies, oops, Massatoonies, oops, Massachusetts plan that copied car insurance, as if we call it universal car insurance merely because it's mandatory. And the dopes at the top also think that their wealth depends solely on lending instead of $circulation and lending -]
[Again the desperate attempt to increase lending regardless of solidity or lack thereof. Shades of the stock market where up is good regardless of solidity or lack thereof. Shades of the "new economy" of the turn of the century, when return on investment was "sooo old" and only wimps obsessed about it, such was the bling of technological whizbang and the "dotcom revolution." Then if they get in trouble, they resort to tricks -]
[The only way to spur growth with a system like capitalism which only runs well with in the age of robotics which depresses wages by multiplying "workers" and modern medicine which depresses wages by prolonging workers
design features bibliography site map LINKS time trilogy I II III the big question the big goal blog
makework the history of the American workweek 30-hr. bill business 'cycles' courses legislation guarantee
contradictions in mainstream economics class in America growing disparity worst case plan economic design
How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy
& a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
Timesizings 3rd way is centrist and deep green, not just light or pinkish green like the Green Party's grocery list of ad hoc, unintegrated & unprioritized issues. Timesizing satisfies the right with smaller government and bigger firmer markets & the left with a simpler stronger social safety net that makes the right clean up their own recessions instead of continuously inducing them by privatizing and concentrating profits & nationalizing and centrifuging losses. Our Timesizing solution is based on working models, American history (especially 1933), on economic design, on ecology, and on worktime economics, linguistics, Limits to Growth, and Buckminster Fuller. The deep green center is the future, and we strategize for the next 100-500 years, not just the next quarterly report or four-year presidential term. Our site is always under construction. *Asterisked links take you *outside our site.
(in deteriorating stages) (in stepped enhancements)
Pie in the sky? Click on Design Solutions for rebuttals of Impractical! Unconstitutional! Socialist! Uncompetitive! Inflationary! Anti-small business! Lump of Labor Fallacy!...
This numbered, first edition is available from *Amazon.com.
More angles on Timesizing
(Join the SWT=shorter worktime E-LIST by clicking where indicated on the *SWT Action Page - see *samples)
Audiences | Research Priorities | Phil's Bio
Politics |The Forgotten Republican Key to Small Government | Sayings
Investment Advice | Why should I be forced to stop work at a certain #hrs/wk?!
World's 1st dot-com political party | America's Massive Pervasive Makework | Letting off steam
Timesizing Courses | Opus Errata | Website History | Guest Columnists | Website Reactions | Guest Book
Pageviews & flags since 25Nov/2012 - website founded May/98 (42,340 'hits' by 7/7/02); daily updates since Jan/99 (gap Dec/04-Dec/08)
Note these flags not only reflect population but also serve as a kind of intelligence test... most from US natch cuz tracking mostly top US narratives= WSJ,NYT; Brazil surges into 2d place! - if it applied TS, peeps wd learn português emvezde español! - so now we've got alpha order: Amerka Brasil Canuckia-bokudela Nouvelle France! (hey where's Haiti!), la Vieille France starts to 'get' it, Deutschland 5te obschon hatschon der hälfte Schritt zu TS =Kurzarbeit +Österreich @79te endlich!.. Mat'Rus 6th! -wTS Putin wdnt need UKrai; the Iti's: Italiano è la seconda lingua di Toronto! the Czechs dêkuji!! the Brits -c'mon limeys &kangas &kiwis &'kaaners..where's that ol' c'monwealth pride? got all the Scands, incl.Iceland: komdu sæl og blessuð! now going for SpanAm...
This website, best viewed with *Mozilla Firefox, *Netscape or *Explorer, is dedicated to the memory of *John Kowal of Buffalo NY & Brookline MA, our feistiest friend. The website is under constant micro-enhancement & experimentation.
basic setup & scanning by *John MacMillan of Billerica, USAF Ret. & former MA GOP webmaster, & edit software by *Hot Dog Pro
logo scanning by *Rob Firmin of Berkeley CA and *Kate Jurow of Somerville MA and *Paula Archer of Belmont MA
website tips from Denise Traver, NPS Ret. & webmaster of *HitTheTrail.com & Kim Buchheit of *Buchheit Creative Services
tactics by *Lao Tzu and *'Obvious Adams' (Robert Updegraf) - for example, we offer:
free consulting for any novelists/scifiers/playwrights interested in setting a story in a world of timesizing or its successor-programs
If we have more text & less graphics than you'd like, here's some background.