Working 60 hours per week is nothing to be proud of
“Herein lies the radicalness – but also the strength – of what Labour proposes: automation is not to be avoided but instead embraced and repurposed for the benefit of all – most obviously through the liberation of our time. Concretely, if automation technologies are publicly managed, in some cases by the state, in others by workers’ cooperatives, the new economy could be a “gateway to a new settlement between work and leisure”.”
As Keynes understood the point of an economy is to distribute time and wealth so as to improve the lot of everyone. For him, the reduction of the working week to 15 hours was an obvious consequence of an economy that is efficient, high-tech and fundamentally for the public good – Corbyn gets that
Meanwhile in Germany…the power of unions in full display. 4.3% raises and a 28 hour work week!
IG Metall’s landmark deal is seen as benchmark for other sectors
While States and cities clamor to give tax dollars to Amazon….
Amazon recruited these workers as part of a program it calls CamperForce: a labor unit made up of nomads who work as seasonal employees at several of its warehouses, which the company calls “fulfillment centers”…
While other employers also seek out this nomadic workforce – the available jobs range from campground maintenance to selling Christmas trees and running amusement park rides – Amazon has been the most aggressive recruiter. “Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four work-campers – the RV- and vehicle-dwellers who travel the country for temporary work – in the United States will have worked for Amazon,” read one slide in a presentation for new hires..
Outside observers gave them other nicknames, from “the Okies of the Great Recession” to “American refugees”, “the affluent homeless”, even “modern-day fruit tramps”.
Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles
People are poor “because they’re spending every penny they have”. Or they’re poor so they need to spend every penny…
“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies,” Senator Chuck Grassley
It’s difficult to get more arrogant or elitist than what Chuck Grassley just said.