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 our biosphere.
We also outline a market-oriented way to dissolve the freedom-threatening black hole in the money supply centered on Wall Street. We're the biggest & oldest website on achieving work sharing-based full employment without spurring inflation or clobbering growth but with maximum consumer confidence, marketable productivity, solid investment & financially secure Free Time. We're retro, always a day or two late, but we load fast & have no ads. 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 & 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, & despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized & yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn & it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
PARIS, France - Less reduced worktime for nurses, the proposed 35-hour workweek "reform" by the general manager of the Public Assistance-Parisian Hospitals Martin Hirsch, has angered unions, who demanded "retraction, pure and simple." They called the hospital staff out on a 'massive' strike this Thursday in the Parisian hospitals, a week after the first strike action, in which 50% of the employees had participated according to the unions, 34% according to management... - see whole article under today's date.
MOSCOW, Russia - ...Vladimir Ryazansky, who heads the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy...added in the report that his committee was ready to recommend cutting the working day for women on Fridays — an idea that was supported by Vladimir Slepak, who heads the advisory Committee on Social Policy, Labor Relations & Life Quality of Citizens of the Public Chamber, a state organization that oversees Russia's legislative bodies. "Today women — especially those with large families — need more time to provide a proper education and to address their domestic issues..," he was cited as saying by Russian News Service... - see whole article under today's date.
[In the U.S. in the 1912 presidential campaign against Taft (Repub.) and Wilson (Dem.), Teddy Roosevelt's new Progressive "Bull Moose" Party championed a shorter (40-hr vs. then-standard 48 or 54) workweek in continuous-production industries and ... for women.]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org -
- headlines from *Porter Sq. Bks, Cambridge MA & updating from Kate's Kaffee, 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&A(s) except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
[Compare Click & Clack's lawyers: Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.]
non-market MAKEWORK & job desperation in the news (compare luddism in its waste of worksaving technology) (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too artificial or especially...too military, & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
[Thank God (Who is totally on our side!) - the "conservative" makework program lives on! = war and rumors of war.]
The benefits of a $200 bn windfall for the US, eurozone, UK and Japan due to the drop in the oil price have so far been elusive - with shoppers acting more frugal [or penniless?] than anticipated [by the wealthy] - casting a shadow over the strength of the recovery.
[What strength? What recovery?]
[Works better for a real recovery if they send more cash down to employees because employees SPEND a higher percentage of their income.]
[Don't like it? Don't let the door hitcha on the way out. You're a surplus commodity, common as dirt, cheap as dirt. Cut your workweek and convert OT to jobs or it'll just keep getting worse.]
["But why don't they just get a job?"]
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 and 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)
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.