Since 1998, we've been tracking the mainline of human freedom, Free Time, without which the other freedoms are irrelevant or inaccessible.
Next to avoiding a nuclear exchange, this is our Number One strategic priority, because it gives everyone more job-security-based Free Time to take on all the other urgent priorities that are threatening the planet.
This website also outlines a market-oriented way to dissolve the freedom-threatening black hole in the money supply symbolized by Wall Street, plus a way to control inflation without clobbering growth. It's the biggest & oldest website on achieving worksharing-based full employment without runaway inflation but with maximum consumer confidence, marketable productivity, solid investments and financially secure Free Time. It's retro, always a day or two late, but it loads fast & has no ads. See also our backgrounders.|
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 -
[With all businesses and industries (except weapons manufacturers) complaining about weak markets, isn't it time to quit worrying so much about hurting industry and worry more about hurting markets by stinting your employees?]
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - The controversy over what counts as a full-time job under the Affordable Care Act continues, especially for those in the service industry. ...Gary Burtless, an economist who researches the labor market policy at the Brookings Institution, said changing the [30-hour figure] would hurt workers, not help them. By raising the amount of hours classifying a full-time employee to 40 hours a week, [many more] employers are incentivized to cut workers hours [say, to 39] to avoid providing health insurance, he said. Since those who work 40 hours per week represent a larger part of the workforce, the proposed alterations would do more harm than good... - see whole article under today's date.
LISBURN, N.Ireland, UK - ...The proposal is that libraries in Band One would open for 54 hours per week; those in Band Two would open for 50 hours per week; those in Band Three would open for 45 hours per week; those in Band Four would open for 40 hours per week; those in Band Five would open for 35 hours per week; those in Band Six would open for 28 hours per week; those in Band Seven would open for 25 hours per week; and libraries in Band Eight would be open for 18 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
[Here's a palette of possible workweeks if ever there was one! It'd be nice to know the breakdown in each case: f.ex., do 54,50,45,40,35,28,25,18 = 6x9hr days, 5x10, 5x9, 5x8, 5x7, 4x7, 5x5 and 3x6 respectively?]
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 can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely 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 incl. hope)
- 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 email@example.com -
- headlines from *Porter Sq. Bks, Cambridge MA & updating from Kate's Kaffé, Somerville MA USA -
lootin'- & layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of shortsighted CEOs - Can't grow your market share with more clients? Buy another company's! Buy instead of build market share! Then see overlap & lay off more of your customers' customers! = a suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions (M&As) except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
[H-P is hardly in shape to be doing stuff like this, but the days of their skilled top management are long over.]
spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (& okay, apocalypse in general - archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to hide their part in creating it by funneling unlimited percentages of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets increasingly separate from the warp-speed circulation in consumer & business markets -
[There were slightly more fundamentals for this level 15 years ago. Now it's just another misleading indicator, confirming wealthy decision-makers' illusion that the system is working (cuz it's working for them) so don't fix it! It's merely indicating the quietly mounting mass of the black hole in the money supply - and the money supply's inexorably weakening velocity of circulation as we transform fast-circulating spending power into slow-circulating investing power. And so, as you would expect -]
Nasdaq 5000 is no rerun - The index has retaken a dot-com-era milestone, but this time the market isn't looking so bubbly, WSJ, C1 target article.
[Well, it's probably bubblier in terms of volatility, but not so bubbly in terms of fundamentals-based rising.The dot-com era milestone took 8 more years to crash, helped by the burgeoning "synergy" dba conflict of interest of the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999. Today's milestone still has a lot of that "synergy" since we did more coverup than cleanup, but the anchoring consumer base and employment basement on one hand, and the coagulation of the money supply in the financial sector on the other hand, offers much less fundamentals-based rising.]
[A self-fueling down spiral?]
["Outdated" safeguards are better than none - they can always be updated. And btw, what does this have to do with "beefing up"? Somebody slap the wrong top headline on this article?]
[Got a government funding problem? Slash your government income agency! = brilliant, not.]
[Greece desperately needs to regain control and go back to the drachma. And its money laundering for Russians be upon its own head. And speaking of austerity, one way or another -]
[Trying to get a bailout (for less austerity) from a Typhoid Mary like the IMF, which like Germany tries to impose austerity on everyone else, is a cure that's worse than the disease.]
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