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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 -
BOSTON, Mass., USA - The world’s richest man says we need to shorten the workweek. Easy for him to say, but who really wants to disagree?... - see whole article under today's date.
[Lotsa people, especially lotsa CEOs who can't quit linking human workhours with productivity, despite the spread of Lights-Out Manufacturing = whole factory systems, right here in New England, where they don't even have to turn the lights on because there are no people there, just robots and automata. It seems particularly difficult for hominids to grok, but they're having a specially hard time with the New Malthusianism: the fact that with mechanization, automation and now robotics, productive capacity is leaping exponentially, while consumption capacity is either sinking by kneejerk downsizing, staying the same with worksharing, or at best, increasing mathematically by magic. The only tried and proved form of that magic is labor shortage to raise wages and spending and engage the multiplier effect, and after repeated trials of plague and war, the only intelligent way to get that labor shortage is Timesizing: no-argument conversion of chronic overtime into training and hiring followed-up with as much gradual workweek reduction as required to generate as much convertible overtime as it takes to raise wages by market forces, decoagulate the money supply, and begin enjoying strengthening consumer markets and the business markets based thereon, and restore, once again, financial markets with fundamentals and not just anxiety to put it somewhere.]
NAUGATUCK, Conn., USA - ...Flabeg [Technical Glass Corp.] participates in the state's Shared Work program, which is administered by the state Dept. of Labor. The program provides partial unemployment benefits to employees when a company is experiencing a temporary economic downturn and wants to avoid layoffs. - 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 core political-economy 'software' -
[And then, who'll be left with any money to purchase the mounting piles of products and services the robots offer? As Walter Reuther retorted to Henry Ford's "Let's see you unionize these robots!" - "Let's see you sell them cars."]
[And after that -]
wall of CLOSURES & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
The future of Detroit and many of its residents will start to take shape as a federal trial gets underway over the city's bankruptcy.
CRIME & PRISONS in the news, a subset of makework, rising when jobs are scarce (archives) -
letter to editor by Robert Sharpe of Common Sense for Drug Policy, 8/31 BG, K12.
[But gee, Bob, what are we going to do when we lose all the desperately needed makework jobs involved in the war on drugs? (One possibility: Timesizing...) ]
In the months before Labor Day last year, job growth was so slow that economists said it would take until 2021 to replace the jobs that were lost or never created in the recession and its aftermath.
[And with current trade, outsourcing, immigration and birth policies, or lack of them, we'll need a lot longer - nevermind that -]
The pace has picked up since then; at the current rate, missing jobs will be recovered by 2018...
[And so has the growth of population in need of jobs so, ah, 2018 may be a mirage...]
...As the wealthiest took higher ground, the middle class felt lost in a widening valley bereft of opportunity...
[More like a mounting surplus of anxious job seekers, underbidding one another as CEOs downsized, cutting their own markets and trapping more and more trillions in torpic circulation within the financial sector.]
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