Category Archives: Reducing Working Hours

Time on our Side, 30 page introduction

Time is on our Side, 30 page introduction by Anna Coote, 2013 On Shortening the Work Week The New Economics Foundation, UK http://b.3cdn.net/nefoundation/aefb306fbab76f46ca_1im6i20sk.pdf Have you ever wondered why you’re so busy, where your time goes, or how much your time … Continue reading

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Video: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth – Gar Alperovitz, 1 hr 10 min

https://www.c-span.org/video/?429340-2%2Fprinciples-pluralist-commonwealth Gar Alperovitz talked about his book Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, in which he argues that the U.S. needs an economic and political system that departs from both capitalism and socialism. BookTV.org is a treasure going back more than … Continue reading

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Rethinking Working Hours by Sophie Jaenicke

Sophie Jaenicke works as a union secretary with IG Metal. Rethinking Working Hours by Sophie Jaenicke, 3/15/17 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/03/18797919.php Working hours were and are a contested terrain. Power questions are involved: Who decides over time? Who determines when and how long … Continue reading

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May the New Year Be Full of Good Surprises!

Celebrate the New Year with the 159-page eBook “Alternative Economics: Reversing Stagnation” by Marc Batko, Smashwords ($3.99)! Mainstream trickle-down economics is helpless in countering exploding inequality and precarious work. Austrian, Swiss, Polish and German critical economists could help us find … Continue reading

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Growth Criticism and Reduced Working Hours by Heinz-J. Bontrup

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433178.shtml Today’s growth critics speak of the necessity of a post-growth, a “renunciation society” or at least of a “green” capitalist model. Meanwhile, 1.6 earths would be needed because humanity exploits natural resources faster than the earth can generate them … Continue reading

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The Digitalization of Labor by Patrick Stary

Reading sample: The Digitalization of Labor by Patrick Stary, 2016 from chbeck.de http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/08/432949.shtml Robots and algorithms are ready to automate many activities like the manufacturing robot Baxter… John Maynard Keynes dreamt of a future in which the work week of … Continue reading

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The state should represent the public interest

The state should represent the public interest but special interests or private interests seem to be in the driver’s seat with privatization, deregulation, liberalized markets, speculation, tax havens, and corporate tax evasion. In “Escape from Freedom,” Erich Fromm explained that … Continue reading

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Bernie is the electable one!

Investor Rights Agreements are not trade agreements and governments that don’t allow agreements to be read by officials or the public should be shamed into economic democracy. Transparency should not be made a nonsense word. If it is made a … Continue reading

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Memorandum 2015 by the Alternative Economic Policy study group

Memorandum 2015 by the Alternative Economic Policy study group in Bremen, Germany http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/11/430890.shtml For 40 years, the Alternative Economic Policy study group has published memorandums. The council of experts promoted the profits of businesses, not aggregate economic demand. Public net … Continue reading

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Progress Means Reduced Working Hours – In the View of Marx and Keynes

Progress Means Reduced Working Hours by Berhard Schutz and Wolfgang Katzian, October 2015 http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/10/26/18779271.php More and more people use the free time option and decide for more freedom instead of higher negotiated salaries. Shorter hours can lead to economic growth, … Continue reading

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