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What's Wrong with a 30-Hour Work Week?

"There is something problematic with advocating a 30-hour work week at the beginning of the 21st century: a 30 hour week is not short enough! There is mushrooming unemployment amidst mountains of useless products. An hour of labor now produces more goods than has ever been the case in the history of humanity. There is no reason for anyone to work more than 20 hours per week."
"When US workers struck for the eight hour day in 1886, they were going beyond pay issues and demanding that labor have a role in controlling the process of production. Today, we need a progressive alliance to challenge not only how many hours we work, but the quality, durability and even the necessity of goods we produce. Drastically cutting the hours we work will help save the Earth's ecology only if it is part of an overarching goal to improve the quality of our lives while reducing the grand mass of manufactured objects."

to read Don Fitz' article published on May 31, 2009, click on
 http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=691

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economics, taxes, and useless products 04.Jun.2009 08:27

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

The reason, is simple. The economy has to keep growing, because of the parasitic class, draining wealth off of the top. They need us in debt, they need us to slave away. They need all families to have two parents working full time, to satisfy their greed for power.