| ||Un(der)employed? Irked by all these eternal megaprobs & bored with the same ol' *crises? Well here's one fully developed solution, Timesizing. Its 5 phases provide a pattern for upgrades & an improving regional, national & global future of 500 years. To save the world, 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. Take care of JOBS and the rest of the economy will take care of itself. This is the oldest & biggest website on achieving full employment. We have 11 years of quantitative & anecdotal data, with all standard objections answered. Most of our comments are qikis - saving the world has gotta be fun this time! We're retro & text-heavy but we load fast. Timesizing itself is an economic design for sustainable, market-based jobs by making the workweek lower while making high tech higher. See also our time trilogy.|
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 -
CORNELL, N.Y., USA - “Eight hours for work, 8 hours for rest, 8 hours for what we will!” was once the workers’ demand. Cried out across the 19th century to express the desire to enjoy the division of the day into tidy thirds, it united the diversity of working and professional classes in ways few things could. As a result, the workday ticked steadily downward — from often more than 12 hours down to 8... Then it stopped... Then it reversed... - see whole article under today's date.
[Bringing it back isn't enough. In fact, sticking with it too long into the age of automation is what surplused and disempowered labor and relengthened the workweek in the first place. The US Senate actually passed a 30-hour workweek way back in 1933, and Anna Coote's article below picks up that figure (though of course it needs to stay adjustable in the context of ever-increasing worksaving technology) -]
LONDON, U.K. - ...We need a slow but steady move toward a 30-hour week for all workers. This will help solve a lot of connected problems: overwork, unemployment, overconsumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other and simply to enjoy life... - see whole article under today's date.
"Consumers find that if they go for their [employee] break, it's not looked upon as their being productive..." Jan Fuller, Director of Confectionery Marketing, Nestlé Canada (photo caption)
[even though consumer spending is THE BASIS of economic health (NOT investment) - "If you produce it, it will sell" (=supply side economics) is based on faith - "If you want something and you're willing to pay for it, you can probably buy it" (=demand side economics) is based on less faith, although CEOs are getting so contemptuous of their workforce and their markets that there are more and more market failures-to-produce: flipups, slim wallets, simple backpacks, comfortable bras, sane-late-fee creditcards... (enter your own bugbear).]
[But the whole economy can be saved by jobs, but not Steve Jobs or ever fewer Frozen-Forty-hour jobs, but more&more shorter&shorter-hour jobs paradoxically paid more due to ever fewer desperate jobseekers and the multiplier effect of more people SPENDING.]
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 commensurate willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it is not 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 -
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MAKEWORK in the news (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too wasteful, too desperate, artificial or even...too military and all axed at the root by full employment via firstaid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
A sex worker has the same rights as any other person selling her labour in a capitalist society. (photo caption)
[We've put this story under makework but maybe sex work isn't so much "makework" in the sense of artificially manufactured work for the sake of jobs, as it is "blockedwork" in the sense of artificially suppressed work for the sake of theoretically population-growth-fostering monogamy-protection, ...or... for the sake of jobs for the suppressors: police, courts, professional religionists...]
A DELUGE OF DISABILITY & "disability" in the news (archives) - so-o-o unnecessary with the shorter workweeks and job tailoring of the Timesizing program -
For decades, a converted two-story schoolhouse was home to a few dozen men with intellectual disabilities...
JOB- OR JOBLOSS-RELATED DEATH OR SUICIDE in the news (archives) -
There were two jet crashes in the 1990s - a SilkAir flight and an EgyptAir flight -..widely acknowledged by crash experts to have been caused by deliberate pilot actions.
[And that means a slightly delayed loss for Wall Street, because contrary to Wall Street's illusions, the financial sector depends on the consumer base, not vice versa, and the consumer base is based on the employment basement.]
...Friday's subpar February jobs report...means the United States still has 666,000 fewer citizens working in nonfarm jobs than in January 2008, when the total peaked at 138.4 million. ...The unemployment rate of 6.7% leaves plenty of Americans still looking for work [and driving down wages and spending]... While many Americans benefit from a rising stock market...fewer than half of U.S. families owned stocks directly or indirectly in 2010, according to the Federal Reserve. The boost given to the value of other types of assets by the ultra-low interest rates in place since 2008 [and the Fed's massive money printing aka quantitative easing (QE)] is confined to an even smaller group...
[Hence the slowdown in fundamental consumer spending, because the more money you have, the smaller the percentage of it you spend, and v.v.]
[But only monetary redistribution DOWNward where it gets spent and circulated. We've been redistributing UPward now for over 40 years and that only coagulates the money supply and creates slowdown and recession. Yes, I'm saying the wealthy CREATE recession - because they spend and donate a smaller percentage of their megamassivemongo hoards than any other bracket. But we don't hear about it because...guess who owns the media. And then the longer and longer time they take to get the huge remainder of their loot "right back to work creating jobs" - which is their rationalization for continuing their unlimited redistribution to themselves - is matched throughout the other brackets by the longer and longer time people are taking to find a job. And here's another way the wealthy redistribute to themselves - and slow the economy down further -]
[But you can't fix it at the bottom - it's a top-level problem of an unlimitedly large percentage of the money supply in circulation getting concentrated within an unlimitedly small percentage of the population - and decelerated. At the bottom, money in a rich diversity of amounts circulating at superhigh velocity (=high frequencies). At the top, money in superhigh amounts circulating at comparatively low velocity (i.e., seldom, by comparison). Result: deeper and deeper economic slowdown and downturn, met by more and more strenuous spindoctoring and Verbal Valium for inVestors. And the sleepwalkers at the top bend further and further backward to keep the billions incoming, regardless of system violations -]
...Corporate money is forever finding new ways to influence government... William A. Ackman [in collusion with] Rep. Linda T. Sanchez [D-Calif., applying pressure on the FTC to whack Herbalife and then predating her letter to them to make Ackman and herself smell like roses despite what they really smell like]...
[Hey, why not just take over the Fed's printing pre$$es?! (Watch, that's on its way...)]
[Here's another problem. Our "leaders" keep pushing perverse policies that not only don't work but work destructively. The true believers in Free Trade are totally blind to the ubiquitous evidence of this race to the bottom - our rosied-up economic indexes are a big factor here, and the ever-tightening ownership of the media. And of course, the superwealthy just keep insulating and isolating themselves, more and more effectively. If we were them, we'd be doing it too. (And to you apoplectic grammarians: the disjunctive in English has been present ever since Chaucer, on the analogy of French moi, toi, etc., despite Dr. Johnson's hypercorrectionistic attempts to disparage and ignore and force awkward stuff like "If we were they..." down our throats.)]
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