Miller Work Week
an outside-the-box proposal by A. Richard Miller
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(This web page is adapted from my MMS
"Extra Feature" for the second half of April 2014. I had
been proposing it to others for at least a prior decade.)
My own pet solution to the current Depression (or recession, as
the employed would have us believe), and to money woes,
rush-hour woes, downtown parking woes, limited family-time woes,
housing woes and more (phew!) is (sound the trumpets now!) - the
Miller Work Week.
The Miller Work Week is founded on three concepts:
1. Adaptation: Converting "problems" into solutions
requires thinking outside the box.
2. Change: Recognition that unemployment is driven, in
significant part, by technological
advances reducing the necessary amount of real work to be done,
while population growth creates more workers at the same time
that it over-demands limited resources.
3. Equity: Commitment to a fair share for all -
which our current political/economic situation has failed to
So, let's meet the Miller Work
Week! To share this spiral of technological wealth, do
not lay off workers and create a Depression. Instead, reduce the work week. Do it
creatively, like this:
1. Have most workers work a
three-day week. Let the real work load determine
whether it is three ten-hour days, or three six-hour days, etc.
2. Have two separate shifts
share the same work space. A Monday-Wednesday shift,
and a Thursday-Saturday shift..
(There, wasn't that easy? Except, of course, for being mired in
last year's thinking.)
Presto! You've halved the rush-hour traffic and doubled the
parking spaces downtown. You've freed humans from a
labor-dominated week - and freed them to recreate four days per
week while reviving the economy. You've also freed up office
space and factory space, for repurposing as housing space.
You've delivered the benefits to the populace.
Did I hear someone say, "Socialist!"? Well, the last time the
USA benefited from such a move - the five-day, 40-hour work week
- the move to better working conditions was led by one Henry
Ford. Does anyone truly imagine that Henry Ford was a Socialist?
But he did demonstrate that treating society fairly can pay off.
Of course, socialism is fine, too, when applied to social needs
instead of helping the wealthy. Which of those was our
government supposed to be about? You know: road repair,
education, public transit, disease control, turning Depressions
into victories. It's about that much-maligned word, "welfare".
Welfare is what successful civilizations are about!
No, the Miller Work Week won't solve every
problem. Population growth and economic growth already confront
real limits and create our worst problems. Soon our governments
will have to think outside of their boxes and face those facts,
So, ask your favorite thinkers and your favorite legislators to
start thinking outside the box - starting with the Miller Work
Week. When you hear, "We can't seriously consider that!", start
asking the really hard questions, "Why not?", "When will we face and fix this downward spiral?"
and, "Why aren't these win-win solutions
being explored today?"
Or, as an attention-getting follow-on question, "Who can think outside the box?"
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