The 4-Hour Work-day: A Transition Plan Towards a Resource Based Economy

When explaining what a Resource Based Economy is and how it would help society and the planet to live a better life, one of the most asked questions by the audience or public in general is the one about transition. 

If we manage to convince the audience that the Resource Based Economy (TVP) model is the way to go, we will get questions like: 

“OK, it sounds great but… how do we get there?” 

There is really not a clear answer for that question, but that could change soon if The Zeitgeist Movement embraces a plan that has been discussed by some economists and activists lately but has not become popular yet: The 4 hour work-day.

Carlos “Carlin” Tovar, a Peruvian architect, graphic designer and a renowned cartoonist, is proposing a reduction of working hours from 8 to 4 hours a day. In his book “21st Century’s Manifesto” (available in Spanish only for now) he argues that machines and technology are supposed to liberate people from the amount of human labor they need to give in order to produce goods, but instead, the opposite is happening: people are now working more and more hours per day.

The reason for that is because by introducing machines into the methods of production, the cost of production will decrease. 

Companies will take advantage of that reduced cost and, in order to stay competitive, the price of the final goods will also fall, to the point that less profit will be made out of those goods (a decrease in the rate of profit). In order to balance that decrease in the rate of profit, we end up working more to produce more output. 

This is the reason why, he says, we end up working more hours (or being forced to work more hours): to counteract the decrease in the rate of profit, a congenital disease of capitalism according to Marx.

But technology is not the problem, he adds. The problem is how the system is not taking advantage of the huge benefits that machines, software and automation can bring to humanity. And mainly it is because of our insane capitalist system and its negative attributes.

We are now seeing an increase in the amount of labor time, surpassing even the legal requirement of 8 hours a day, with workers working 12 to 14 hours a day (sometimes weekends too) and even some forms of paid slavery are starting to arise in some areas of the world.

“Carlin” (Pronounced Kar-leen), as people call him in Peru, has launched a campaign to promote a worldwide strike to reduce the work-day to 4 hours a day in a global scale. According to him, it cannot be done in one country or one area of the world only, otherwise some countries (the ones that work more hours) will have a competitive advantage over the other ones. 

“It needs to be a worldwide measure. The economic issues are global and solutions need to be global”, he says.

He has made a short video in English explaining this proposal in more detail, which you can watch below: https://youtu.be/YLZMwsJUYfo

More information can also be found in his blog as well: English and Spanish.

The campaign promotes a progressive reduction of working hours to allow markets to adjust: A reduction of half an hour each month, so in 8 months we would accomplish the 4 hour work-day. But it would not stay there. 

A re-evaluation every 10 years would be performed to analyze increases in productivity and if we find that productivity has indeed increased (which is what most likely will happen with the rapid advancement in technology) then another reduction will be applied. 

That means that, if we find that 2% annual increase in productivity occurs, 30 years after we accomplish the 4 hour word-day we would be working about 2 hours only.

Although he is the only one who has launched a campaign so far, he is not the only person who advocates for work time reductions. Keynes, for example, predicted in his essay: “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren” that the work-day would be reduced to 3 hours a day by 2030.

In present times, Juliet Schor, Economist, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and author of “The Overworked American” and “Plenitude”, argues for work time reductions as a measure to stabilize the global economy and provide a better quality life for the population. 

Along with her, the New Economics Foundation (nef) released a report called “21 Hours” calling for a 21 hour work-week as a way to revert the economic crisis and set the path for a more steady state of the global economy (You can read nef’s 15 page report here) In fact, this past January of 2012, Juliet Schor participated in a conference organized by nef and the London School of Economics where they argued for work time reductions. You can watch the conference for free below: https://youtu.be/nqI951u9emQ

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And in case you were wondering, all of these proposals have one thing in common: They do not require reductions in salary. The measure will be financed by increases in productivity. 

For example, imagine you produce 1000 shoes in a day (8 hours). Then, a machine is invented that can help you produce the same amount of shoes but now in half a day (4 hours). 

You have 2 options: you can either work the same amount of time, 8 hours, and produce 2000 shoes or you can take the increase in productivity and produce the same amount of shoes (1000) but work half the day only, 4 hours. 

So, in order to finance the reduction in hours, we would take the increases in productivity to reduce the work-day. This concept is particularly important when we talk about a no growth economy or a steady state economy. 

The conventional economic view is that we need to grow every year, and it is usually measured in terms of GDP growth. Many economists are starting to realize that it is not possible to continuously grow every year (especially since we have a finite planet) and are advocating for a no growth economy.

As you can see in the example of the shoes, an important element of the no growth economy is work time reductions. Without it, we would choose the other option, which is to produce more shoes.

But the benefits of work time reductions don’t stay there. Economists and Environmental Scientists have identified what is called the “Rebound effect” of technology, where the environmental benefits of the new technological improvements, which are supposed to help us be more efficient and utilize less resources, are being counteracted by our capitalistic, unlimited-growth, profit-seeking mentality to use more resources. 

Let’s go back to the shoes example. Let’s say in order to make the 1000 shoes we utilize 500 lbs of leather, but, with the new machine, now we can produce the 1000 shoes not only in half the time but utilizing half the amount of leather as well, 250 lbs. 

This sounds great, but the capitalist does not take that gain to work less (or make the employees work less) and use less resources. They not only keep it the way it is, working 8 hours, but they will also buy 2 more machines to create more output. That means that with a total of 3 machines now we produce 6000 shoes in an 8-hour day (1000 shoes per half day per machine) and utilize now 750 lbs of leather. 

That’s right! we end up utilizing more resources. This is the “Rebound effect”: The technology that helped us become more efficient and to utilize fewer resources is now utilizing more resources because we are choosing the wrong path, to produce more, instead of the other option, which is to use the increases in productivity to finance work time reductions.

Increasing leisure time for the people will, for the first time, liberate us from the chains of the capital and provide us with time to do what we really want, to spend our time doing what we love: spending time with family, going to school, practicing some sports, or becoming more active participants in our community. 

Work-time reductions are not only beneficial to improve quality of life of our fellow human beings, it is also good for the health of the economy and, as we have just seen with the “rebound effect”, good for the environment and the planet as a whole. 

Juliet Schor puts it nicely: 

“It is very hard to find one single policy that provides 3 dividends: improving the health of the economy, of the environment, and improves the quality of life of the population.”

But why, you may wonder, should the Zeitgeist Movement embrace this proposal? History has taught us that systems have not been changed abruptly.

They have had a transition period where they either collapsed and were slowly replaced by another system or they simply became obsolete and a new model arose. Having progressive work-time reductions starting from a 4 hour work-day is a nice transition out of this capitalistic model that is collapsing rapidly. And this is a smooth transition due to 2 main reasons:

1) First, a society that is only required to work 4 hours will provide more time for people to become active citizens and participate more in solving the issues that are affecting their community, country or the planet. 

We will be capitalists for 4 hours and socialists for the rest of the day. How much stronger would movements like TZM or the Occupy Movement be than they are already if people had more time to participate in their activist events or protests? Some food for thought there.

2) And second, even more importantly, this measure is not a fixed solution. Technology will keep increasing productivity and efficiency of the means of production. That means that, with re-evaluations every 10 years, we can continue to decrease the time we spend at work, to the point that we might even be required to work 1 hour a day or 5 hours a week with all the productivity increases and abundance that technology will create. 

If there is abundance of goods and services provided by the wonders of technology and very little time is required for people to work, the end of money will be so close to us, 1 hour away to be exact. 

At that point, with the help of that new unleashed power of liberated human beings that will become active participants in the community, that are no longer working for the economy but have the economy working for them, we would be in a much better position to transition into a Resource Based Economy.

At the same time, work-time reduction is a measure that is more likely to be accepted by the public (even for business people) than the abolition of money would be (at least for now), because it speaks on their terms and still within the monetary system framework. It doesn’t require them to imagine a world without money, a world that they have never lived in and that they might easily consider utopian.

We all know that there are many people that defend our current system, or maybe are afraid of changing it, or perhaps it is working ok for them and are resisting the change. 

Telling people that there is a plan (backed even by several scholars) to reduce labor time and increase their leisure time, without affecting their income, would be more receptive to a wider audience. 

And, even if some of them embrace work-time reductions but don’t agree with a Resource Based Economy, work time reductions will inevitably lead to an RBE.

Similarly, the benefits of work time reductions and the solutions it will bring to the table are very similar to what a Resource Based Economy would do, except of course for the intrinsic negative attributes of money itself. 

One of the benefits is “Full Employment”. Imagine, for example, that you have 10 people that depend on oranges to survive and you have 5 oranges only (in this example, oranges are an analogy of paid employment). These 10 individuals will compete among each other to be able to grab one of the precious oranges. 

They will improve their speed, run faster, learn how to avoid obstacles better, anything they can improve in order to get one of the oranges. It doesn’t matter how much efficient and productive each individual gets, there will always be 5 people who would not be able to get an orange. Instead, we can do what any rational group of individuals would do in this situation: Split the oranges in half!

That way, all 10 individuals will have an orange to survive. Why haven’t we done this to solve our unemployment issue? Why are we not splitting the number of hours for work from 8 to 4 so everyone could have a job and decent income? 

Probably because we are still living in the same paradigm, doing the same religious worship to “The Market” that has taken us where we are now and is making us blind and unable to see the most obvious solution.

Reducing working hours to 4 hours a day and give everyone the opportunity to work would be the first step to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth.

It would reduce crime because people (specially young kids) would be less likely to choose the criminal path if they are able to get a decent job (and that added to the fact that parents would be more likely to be present at home with their children instead of working all day). 

It would also reduce income inequality because increases in productivity are currently going towards producing more output to balance the tendency to fall of the rate of profit and even worse, most of those profits of that increase in output are going to the 1%: all the employee gets is more hours to work. 

Honestly, the list of benefits from the 4 hour work-day is enormous. You can visit the website that is being created for this campaign to read a list of benefits of the 4 hour work-day:http://www.4hourworkday.org (There is a Facebook page also).

Having The Zeitgeist Movement not only support this measure but also embrace it as its “Transition Plan” will make a huge positive impact. TZM has already 500k members worldwide (and probably more than that if we count the ones that have not registered but support the movement). 

There are country chapters in every continent. The organization of TZM and its chapters has showed that we can make an impact. Events like Z-day and the Zeitgeist Media Festival worldwide can only be performed if there is an organized structure in place. We can show the public that there is a plan to get to a Resource Based Economy, that there is a road map to get there. 

Many people agree with a Resource Based Economy, but they wrongly think it will never happen, that it is too far out and disconnected with the realities we live now. Talking to them about the 4 hour work-day campaign as a plan to get out of this economic hole and start the transition into a Resource Based Economy will make that connection with our current times, with the quality of life we have now and with the world we could be living in if we reduce work-time. 

Even the people who consider a Resource Based Economy a utopian idea would still support work-time reductions because it affects their lives now. 

And as I mentioned before, progressive work-time reductions would lead inevitably to the abolition of money and implementation of a Resource Based Economy. It’s a win-win situation.

The campaign asks for a Global pacific and democratic strike. And as far as I know, it is the only way that work time reductions could be achieved. This measure would not be discussed in congress at all. It goes too much in favor of the people and against conventional economics. 

This measure needs to be imposed by the people going on strike and pressuring the world leaders that we are not going to move forward until this measure is applied worldwide. Of course, TZM alone would not be able to do it. Activist Movements, Labor Unions, The Occupy Movement, people in general, we all have to be together for this common cause.

Politicians have done nothing to improve the quality of life of the people nor protect the environment. All they talk about is austerity which will only make things worse. It is the people who need to take care of the planet and all human life, including the politicians and CEO’s. 

We don’t need to get rid of the 1%. We just need to incorporate them into the 99% and we all should be the 100%. The 4 hour work-day campaign will start the process for that to happen.

It’s all up to us now. There is an incredible momentum in the world, with protests all over the place, marches and campaigns to improve our lives but with no defined plan yet. 

And of course, abolishing money and implementing a Resource Based Economy is a plan, but the 4 hour work-day campaign would be the right complement for it in order for the public in general to be more receptive than they have been already.

I encourage you to speak with your chapter coordinators, with your country coordinator, with your regional coordinator to speak about incorporating the 4 hour work-day as our transition plan (or at least support it), to ask Peter Joseph if you have contact with him to consider including the 4 hour work-day in his new film. 

Go to the website http://www.4hourworkday.org to learn more about it; Watch the Videos, Read the books. Work-time reduction is not a new thing. 

It has already happened when strikes all over the world appeared at the beginning of the XX century, when we reduced the work-day from 12 to 8 hours a day. We just need to do it again. We are used to dream big here at TZM, and we can definitely do this. 

Let’s support the 4 hour campaign and even better, let’s embrace it as the transition plan. Let’s take our world back!!

Alex Hartley, TZM Colorado Chapter member, USA;

These 13 Families Rule the World: The Shadow Forces Behind the NWO

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The shadow forces behind the New World Order (NWO) are following a slow-paced agenda of total control over mankind and our planet’s resources. David Icke coined it the “Totalitarian Tip-Toe,” because “they” are making very small steps towards our complete and definitive enslavement.

As a result, the masses remain relatively unaware of the fact that their liberties are being gradually taken away, while the power of the NWO octopus grows steadily.

The shadow forces behind the NWO agenda

Somewhere near the very top of the pyramid, an extremely elitist organisation known as the Council of the 13 families orchestrates all of the major world events. As the name suggests, the Council consists of the top 13 most influential families on Earth.

An increasingly number of people is becoming aware that 99% of the Earth’s population is controlled by an “elite” 1%, but the Council of the 13 families consists of less than 1% of the 1% “elite” and nobody on Earth can apply for membership.

In their opinion, they are entitled to rule over the rest of us because they are the direct descendants of the ancient gods and consider themselves royal. These families are:

  1. Rothschild (Bauer or Bower)
  2. Bruce
  3. Cavendish (Kennedy)
  4. De Medici
  5. Hanover
  6. Hapsburg
  7. Krupp
  8. Plantagenet
  9. Rockefeller
  10. Romanov
  11. Sinclair (St. Clair)
  12. Warburg (del Banco)
  13. Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gothe)

Personally, I suspect that this may not be the complete list and some very powerful lineages are still unknown to us.

The Rothschild dynasty is unquestionably the most powerful — visible — bloodline on Earth and their estimated wealth is around $500 trillions!

They exercise their power through the world banking empire, which is almost entirely owned by them.

The most important institutions that work hard to establish the NWO and completely enslave our species, are:

  1. The City of London (finance, controlled by the Rothschilds) – NOT part of the UK
  2. The US Federal Reserve (finance – private bank, owned by the Rothschilds) – NOT part of the USA
  3. The Vatican City (indoctrination, deception and scare tactics) – NOT part of Italy
  4. Washington D.C. (military, mind programming, brainwashing and depopulation) – NOT part of the USA

All of the above institutions function as individual states, operating under their own laws, hence there is no court of law on Earth that could ever prosecute them.

The multitude of Secret Societies in existence today, operate as branches of a mega corporation, which is owned by the Council of the 13 families.

Even though they have been handsomely rewarded for their work, the members of these secret societies are not members of the “elite” bloodlines, they don’t know who their masters are and they have no idea what the real agenda is.

The brainwashing

Another mass-enslavement tool that they are using against us, is the so called educational system. Schools are no longer what they used to be and children are learning to memorize without thinkingand obey without questioning.

In fact, this established educational system is extremely expensive to keep operational and obsoletein the age of the internet.

“Why obsolete?” you may ask. Because the internet gives us free access to almost infinite amounts of information.

So why are we still paying huge amounts of money for governmental education? Because the world’s “elite” require that our children learn conformity and inside-the-box thinking.

What can we do about it?

Mankind’s faith is hanging in the balance right now, as the control of the NWO octopus spreads. On the one hand, we are very close to our complete enslavement, while on the other hand, we could easily crumble to the ground their pyramid of power, by simply uniting against their deception in a peaceful revolution of minds, hearts and souls.

I’ve asked myself for years what is their greatest weapon of enslavement. Is it poor education combined with constant indoctrination? Is it the fear generated by religion? Is it the fear of being punished (jailed or killed) by the system, or is it the invisible enslavement of the monetary system?

In my opinion, all of the above combined had a huge impact on our society and the way we think, but their biggest weapon is hands-down the financial system!

Currency slaves

The financial system has stealthily enslaved our species and now we are being used as currency slaves. We work from 9 to 5 every day, in boring and depressing environments, not stimulated by anything creative or constructive.

In most cases, the sole motivation for going to work, is the next paycheck — and no matter how hard we work, we never seem to have enough money.

Have you ever wondered why mega-corporations (reaping $billions/year in profits) pay dozens of millions to their CEOs and as close as possible to the minimum wage to the rest of the employees?

This has been carefully designed, because a person that is constantly “on the edge,” will never have time for self-education, introspection and — eventually — spiritual awakening.

Isn’t this our main purpose on Earth? To become spiritual beings (and by spiritual, I obviously don’t mean religious) and complete the incarnation cycle?

“They” don’t need educated people, who are capable of critical thinking and have spiritual goals. No, this kind of people are dangerous to the establishment!

“They” want obedient “robots,” just intelligent enough to operate the machines and keep the system running, but stupid enough never to ask questions.

Money is the eye of the “devil”

All of the world’s biggest problems have their roots deeply embedded in the financial plague: wars are profitable, diseases are profitable, Earth’s plundering is profitable, human slavery and inhumane working conditions are profitable.

Our leaders have been corrupted by money and mankind’s collective mission on Earth has been hijacked by money.

So why do we need the financial system, in the first place? Actually, we don’t need it (at least, not anymore). The planet doesn’t charge us a cent for using its natural resources and we have the technology to extract them without physically working a day.

Must-read related article: The Top of the Pyramid: The Rothschilds, the British Crown and the Vatican Rule the World

The solution

More to the point, there are brilliant minds “out there” discussing the concept of a resource based economy for decades. One example is mister Jacque Fresco, a brilliant industrial designer and social engineer, who spent most of his life designing the future.

The cities proposed by Mr. Jacque Fresco will be built by autonomous construction robots and will be eco-friendly & self-sustainable, earthquake & fire proof. Learn more here.

Other people are already discussing the transition plan towards the economy of the future, where money are no longer required and all individuals will be offered the best conditions to reach their highest potentials — all for the benefit of our species, as a whole.

So, my question is: are we ready to embrace the future and escape the control of the “elite” in a world without money, or are we going to allow the New World Order to happen?

By Alexander Light, HumansAreFree.com

What can I do to prepare for ground school?

Aviator Taylor

My time between discovering my starting date and actually start was somewhat short – just over 2 weeks to be exact. This left me limited in options with what I could achieve in such a short space of time, especially as I was still in full time employment. However, for those who find out weeks and even months in advance, here are some things I would suggest you do before you discover the gruelling effects of ground school…

Get ahead of the game!

Read, write and start revising. I would suggest finding out how you work best, whether that be kinaesthetic, visual or reading and writing. Try and find a schedule that works for you and what you can achieve in a evening. As soon as ground school begins you’ll be immersed in a world of work and textbooks – I really wish I had the time to read through…

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A day in the life…

Aviator Taylor

Ground school is challenging, rewarding and certainly stressful – however one thing it does provide is structure and routine. A typical day at ground school can last 16 hours, mostly always jam-packed with revision and general studying. I tried to structure exercise and eating around my revision to ensure I still maintained some form of normality; it also allowed me to stay focused and keep in a good mindset ahead of the next set of looming exams.

My day during ground school with L3 CTS looked something like this…

0645 – Morning: Wake up and get ready for the day, set for a prompt departure at 0745 to the Southampton training centre. Having a big breakfast was something I became a massive believer in, it fuels you for the morning of intense studying and makes you feel good and energised.

0830 – Lessons begin: The day is usually split into…

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AMERICA’S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IS THE PIPELINE FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING

Child sex-trafficking is an epidemic today, and while most people would find this crime to be right up there with homicide, the culture of permissiveness and lack of moral leadership tacitly condones the sexual abuse of children, while the media remains largely silent. The baffles the mind of any normal human being, and while it’s quite sickening to ponder, in pretty much every city and state in America, pimps are selling underage children for sex to some of the worst human beings alive.

What’s even more disgusting is the fact that the majority of the children that get lost in this soulless black hole are members of the foster care system. That’s right, the foster care system in America is the primary pipeline for sex slaves in America.

Think about that for a moment. The majority of underage victims of sexual abuse have been part of the foster care system, the very organization supposedly tasked with protecting them. This includes Child Protective Services (CPS), who has the authority to remove children from their families, and is well-known for corruption and child abuse.

It’s a tangled web of money, as foster kids are profitable for caretakers, and any states receive money from the federal government for each child in foster care. This breeds serious corruption, and foster care services have been known to give children to known sex offenders, and shockingly, hundreds of children just go missing each year from the foster care system.

Writing for Newsweek, Michael Dolce, Of Counsel at the law firm Cohen Milstein, recently summed up the statistical relationship of foster care to sexual abuse of minors.

Most people don’t know about our nation’s foster care to sex trafficking pipeline, but the facts are sobering. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) found that “of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 86 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing.”

 

The outcomes of law enforcement efforts against sex traffickers repeatedly support the NCMEC estimate. In a 2013 FBI 70-city nationwide raid, 60 percent of the victims came from foster care or group homes. In 2014, New York authorities estimated that 85 percent of sex trafficking victims were previously in the child welfare system.

 

In 2012, Connecticut police rescued 88 children from sex trafficking; 86 were from the child welfare system. And even more alarming: the FBI discovered in a 2014 nationwide raid that many foster children rescued from sex traffickers, including children as young as 11, were never reported missing by child welfare authorities.” [Source]

This is no secret to either the media or the government, yet for some reason the media is for the most part silent about what is happening to children who end up in foster care. News like this is actually click-worthy and profitable for mainstream media, as it fits right into the bad-news-fear-news paradigm, but the lack of attention on this from politicians is also telling, suggesting a willful cover-up.

In 2013, Malika Saada Saar wrote for an article for the Huffington Post describing the same scenario. Victims of child sex-trafficking overwhelmingly come from the foster care system, and the nature of their psychological development in this environment makes them perfect sex slaves, for they tend to become acculturated to this abuse and see themselves as worthless except for sexual abuse.

Again, Dolce comments from his perspective in the legal field working directly with victims of this type of abuse.

Children are learning all the time, and in abusive foster or group homes they learn that their worth as humans is not intrinsic. Their worth is what the abusive caregiver gets from them, whether simply a paycheck from the state or their bodies for sex, as happened to some of my clients.

 

This conditions them to be subservient to pimps—giving all they have in exchange for essential needs, like food and shelter. As one of my clients put it, after extensive physical and sexual abuse in state care, the day she turned 18 and left the system with no community support, job or money, she saw herself in one way: “There was a gold mine between my legs.” [Source]

This is so messed up and evil that it deserves serious media attention and political action, but the silence is deafening. Who will be the voice for these children in the quest for justice?