What happened to my twenty hour work week

This post was written by junky on May 28, 2010
Posted Under: kleptocracy

Social scientists predicted in the 1960s that thanks to increased productivity by now the average work week would be around twenty hours and remember in those days a single person’s earnings were enough to live on.

So what happened?

How were the scientists so wrong.

Sure these were the days before the LSI (large scale integration – electronic chips) and Moore’s law (doubling the number of transistors in chips and hence computer speed each eighteen months). So the scientists never quite manged to predict the enormous increase in efficiency and productivity of the worker.

So where’s our fifteen hour week?

What no one could have predicted was the greed of the super rich. The cake got much, much, much larger but the kleptocrats just took all the extra productivity and put it in their own pockets.

If we were allowed to keep the same proportion of the communal wealth as we had then everyone would be employed (for about ten hours a week) and we could compete with the Chinese and other workers from around the world.

Only the supreme greed and stupidity of the super leach (pun intended) has stolen our productivity and the fruits of human ingenuity.

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