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May 26, 2013

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Alain

I really like the way you lay this out. Recently I have been reading accounts of the rapid reduction in "socially necessary labor time." In this discussion the assumption is that technological innovation and outsourcing have greatly reduced the amount of labor it takes to produce necessities and consumer goods. The proposed "solution" to this is to reduce the work week, perhaps in half (20 hours a week for full time work). The argument is that many people are working a series of partime jobs to make full time wages. The merits of this are clear but I have yet to see a political means of implementation - since greater concentration of wealth continues to accumulate what will force this shift without organized labor? The accounts I have read seem to assume some sort of evolution to this new distribution of labor but I don't think that is realistic.

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