Volume III in the Millennium Orienteering Trilogy
- 140 pages, available from *Amazon.com (online) -
© 1998 Philip Hyde, Timesizing.com, Box 117, Harvard Square PO, Cambridge MA 02238 USA 617-623-8080 - homepage
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This rough&ready handbook was drafted by Phil Hyde, the unKennedy (the major-party opponent when Joe Kennedy announced his resignation from Congress on Friday the 13th of March 1998), the "lone Republican" in what developed into a 10-Democrat scramble for the vacant seat - it was flung into print as a campaign piece in time for the big Democratic primary on Sept.15/98.

The book describes in laymen’s terms Phil’s program to crashproof America’s economy against the spreading turmoil of downsizing and globalization - neither inevitable, both design decisions by mainly American CEOs. In 1933, America started applying crisis management to its economy. Germany started slightly earlier, and the whole industrialized world was soon following suit. Emergency measures, chiefly in terms of makework, military in Germany but at first, non-military in America, became an addiction, a kind of economic life support. The New Deal needed World War II to make it work, and embodied the worst of capitalism and socialism - a continued uncapped concentration of the national income plus thousands of programs, regulations, taxes and deficits. The concentration of income was centrifuged temporarily by market forces responding to the perceived labor shortages of the War, but by the late 1960s the grim wartime working-hour losses were replaced by post-war babyboomers entering the job market, by immigrants, and especially by worksaving technology. Market forces, responding to the growing labor surplus, have intensified the income concentration ever since, dramatizing the mistake made in 1941 in freezing the workweek, despite its previous century and a half of shrinkage and despite all subsequent decades of worksaving technological innovation, whose benefits in terms of free time we thereby doomed ourselves to never enjoying - never mind that free time is the most fundamental and basic kind of freedom.

This hastily assembled manual, however, prematurely published as a desperately needed "stake in the ground," outlines the long-awaited Great Economic Synthesis. It delivers liberal ends with conservative means, a stronger social safety net based on easier self-support and smaller government and taxes. With one new groundrule that obsoletes thousands of programs and regulations, it's the best of capitalism and socialism in a simple upgrade to either. It presents a real alternative to the bandaids and crutches we’ve been stumbling along on since 1933 and 1941 - despite our brief period of enlightenment (1938-40) when we cut the workweek 2 hours/year and achieved a 1% decline in unemployment for each hour cut. But basically, FDR relied on job creation instead of work sharing, and sidetracked the 30-hour work-week bill with big-government bandaids and jobs programs. The New Deal and its feel-good rhetoric only softened the Depression anyway (25% unemployment down to 19%, 1933-38) - it took incipient timesizing (19% to 10%, 1938-41) cut short by the War (10% to 2%, 1941-43) to solve it. Now the ‘benefits’ of war have worn off and job creation is failing again, as proved by the top 1990s American industry, prison construction.

Though John Maynard Keynes enshrined FDR's approach in his 1936 masterwork The General Theory, he had already, two years before, admitted the whole approach was a stopgap until normal business activity would pick up. We’ve now been waiting for ‘normal’ business activity that doesn't need massive government 'intravenous' to pick up ever since 1945, so we can dismantle our stiflingly bloated and ineffectual safety net and quit whining. We’ve been waiting since the end of World War II for a way to get private industry back on track without big government - while the answer was there from before the War. The shorter workweek FDR blocked in 1933 but reconstituted 5-7 years later at longer, weaker levels would let us share the vanishing work as technology takes it over, instead of straining to create jobs just to give everyone 40 hours of ‘face time’ forever.

At least FDR admitted his mistake in 1935, but the political moment for a strong work-sharing program was gone. And despite its success, the weaker program of 1938-40 has been completely forgotten. Now, regardless of all future technology, we’ll never see any benefits in terms of less work and more time for ourselves, our families and our communities. *Timesizing, Not Downsizing tells how to fix this colossal error, one of the dumbest ever made by our supposedly 'intelligent' species. The Timesizing solution is step by step - first public education, then voluntary in the private sector, later standardized in the public sector - first low-level with small businesses and city halls, then mid-sized companies and states and regions, later national and international corporations and governments. It points beyond itself to a series of similar balancing acts into the very long-term future - overall a reassurance, not only about the new century but about the new millennium.


Timesizing, Not Downsizing - Volume III in the Millennium Orienteering Trilogy (140 pages) is available by check for US$10, plus $4 shipping, from:   Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com, Harvard Sq PO Box 117, Cambridge, Mass. 02238, USA,
or at *Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass. for $9.95,
or online from *Amazon.com.

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