Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to share work within the middle classes

In one of my previous blogs, I had suggested that out of job Bank of America executives should start their own cooperative banks (they are called credit unions in the US). I now read that a lot of customers are taking their money out of Bank of America and putting it in credit unions. Not many have read my blog. I'm happy they got the message on their own.

How else can we help each other? Well the first thing to do is to share the work. If you are on a full time job working like a fiend, maybe you need to slow down. Perhaps you need to reduce your worktime to 80% (four days a week). Many employers do not like this, but if you can find a friend who is out of work and could help fill in this remaining time, they may just accept.

France started the 35 hour week. Yes it has worked. Yes a lot of people say it did not work. I've already mentioned in a previous blog that to get the full benefits even the top brass and senior management need to share the work week instead of trying to show how good they are by working weekends to earn money which they cannot possibly spend and slow down the multiplier.

Another idea would be to boycott all politicians and journalists who are looking for growth in developed countries. This is utter nonsense. Why push people to an objective they clearly do not want to achieve. If they wanted more goods, yes, we can talk about growth. But they don't. They want more equity. They want more time to spend the earnings of past growth. They want more humanity and a place in the world where they can be happy and not isolated.

Are their any journalists talking about changing the entire structure of what politicians should be promising you? Have they influenced any politicians?

Perhaps the time has come for you to take part in new politics: the art of finding what people really want and finding ways of giving this to them. Why not? If you have the time to read this blog you have the time for action. Do you have further ideas for sharing work? Please post them on the comments to this blog.

Of course, what is true of developed countries is not necessarily true of developing countries. Politicians who only know the growth mantra should be told to look there.  A lot of work needs to be done to eradicate poverty in Asia and Africa.

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