Do you want to do something about the family, or do you want to talk about it?
If you want to do something about the family, there is no other more important or more urgent policy than establishing the 4-hour work day and the 20-hour work week (4/20 ww).
Of course, people who want to work longer hours ought to be free to do so.
The essential condition is that those who opt for the 4/20 ww earn enough to live a dignified life.
Not today, perhaps. But, is there any reason why we should not take, today, the first in this one thousand steps journey?
Do not tell me that the gentlemen who are taking home a yearly salary of a few billion—billion—dollars per year cannot spare a couple of zeros to add to the 1 dollar to the lowest paying jobs.
That will be an easy way to transform monetary wealth into real wealth; financial accounts into food on the table. And the need to work long hours to “earn a living” will be subdued.
No reliance on food stamps, please. That is a subtle way through which neoliberals favor the privatization of profits and socialization of losses (public sharing losses). And, while compelling the government to intervene to literally save lives, they rail against the “expansion” of government activities.
The new economy. There is a great variety of experimentation going on in the “new economy.” Perhaps, such experiments are already going on, and either I am too deaf or misinformed, or “they” are too timid.
Wherever the machines run 24/7, sharing jobs is the solution. So, instead of 3 shifts of 8 hours each, we are going to have 6 shifts of 4 hours each. Easy math…
Get control of the two-hour discussion in the morning and two-hour discussion in the afternoon around the water cooler—sorry, I meant the conference room.
I work alone. I declare the 4/20 ww right now.
Yes, This Is the Trend
Yes, this is the trend—toward sanity. Mainstream media seem to shy away from this trend. But the Internet, thank God for the Internet, is full of it. Please, google ”20-hour work week.”
Where Are the Tools?
The legal, practical, financial tools to obtain the 4/20 ww in the relatively near future are readily available.
Cooperatives and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are the tools of choice.
Consumer Stock Ownership Plans (CSOPs) have to become more widespread. Can you imagine the day in which McDonald’s and Target and Macy’s start rewarding the customers who keep them alive day after day by sharing “corporate” profits with them at the end of the year?
In short, to make the 4/20 ww a reality, we need to operate the transformation of mainstream economics, whether of the right (neoliberalism) or the left (Keynesianism) into Concordian economics; then, we need to transform both individualism and collectivism (socialism/communism) into Somism, the theory and practice of social men and women in the social context; finally, we need to transform Rationalism into Relationalism.
Only women can put these points across; only women can sustain these transformations. Why? First, because women are eminently practical. You know the story: While men are interested in achieving peace in the world, women are concerned with such issues as to where to send the kids to school; or what to have for dinner tonight.
And then, and then there is the most important reason of all: Women are not irrational; they are relational.
It is thus women who will take a hold of Concordian economics, Somism, and Relationalism and never let these things go until they are translated into practice.