| ||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 with steampunk text 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 -
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.State, USA - It can happen to any business. Demand for your product or service slips. Maybe the market goes in the tank. All you know is your business is in a fix, and you’ve got hard decisions to make. You don’t want to lay off your skilled employees, but what else can you do to cut costs? The state Employment Security Dept. provides an alternative.... - see whole article under today's date.
SINGAPORE - ...Is 35 hours a week too much or too little? There's no definitive answer with opinion divided over the need to promote output from work [as if output varies with human workhours in the robotics age!] and the need for a better quality of life... - see whole article under today's date.
[Sure there's a definitive answer. As long as worksaving technology is increasing and the standard response remains downsizing, there is no permanently fixed level for the workweek. It must be designed on a regularly adjustable, heuristic basis that repeatedly seeks to furnish as much chronic overtime to convert into training and jobs as it takes to restore and maintain full employment, which alone maximizes consumer spending and all the signs of economic health which go with it: maximum-velocity monetary circulation, maximum engagement of the multiplier effect, maximum marketable productivity (productivity without marketability is irrelevant), and the maximum solid-investment destinations which that assures.]
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 Byward Ottawa Canada & updating from Kate's Kaffee, Boston-Somerville, Mass. USA -
non-market MAKEWORK 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 -
[Job insecurity on the part of employees, desperation on the part of would-be employees, and growth desperation on the part of CEOs, is driving the silliest, faddiest competitions, and nevermind the contradiction between growth and downsizing.]
epidemic HOMELESSNESS in North America (archives) - so unnecessary with full employment via timesizing -
[Europe seems to be a lot more honest in its economic indexes, while the USA tranquilizes itself more and more -]
[thus assuring that all the problems are going to have to get a lot worse before America's power elite have to face them. Little things like -]
["Ultrasafe" with a national debt of $17T? and over $1T/yr debt service?]
[Baseless inflation continues in the financial sector spurred by QE/moneyprinting that seems to go right to the topmost 0.001% - with these pesky sporadic incursions of reality.]
[Well, maybe the French project unless he's picking his enemies as advisors - to keep an eye on them as Lincoln did.]
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How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy
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