Jack Saturday

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 122, 123, 124, 125

Jobs are dull, and must be dull and unimaginative: they are made for machines.
Pierre Allard

…the Czech word “robota,” meaning obligatory work.
Ray Kurzweil

The regular payment to every citizen, over and above any earnings, of National Dividends (Basic Incomes) as a birthright representing the fruits of that cultural inheritance belonging to us all, and to which the micro-chip and automation are the latest and most remarkable additions.
Eric de Maré

The guaranteed income at a reasonable level will abolish poverty tomorrow.
There's no reason why a person should have to hold a job in order to survive today.
Robert Theobald

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 121

Spring arrives in BC today!

Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of spring
Your winter garment of repentance fling.
The bird of time has but a little way
To flutter - and look!
The bird is on the wing.
Omar Khayyam

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Green Paper

CORI Justice Commission has welcomed the publication of the Government's Green Paper on Basic Income. • In particular it has welcomed the fact that the Green Paper vindicates CORI Justice Commission’s claims that a Basic Income system would have a far more positive impact on reducing poverty than the present tax and welfare systems. • The Green Paper shows that a Basic Income system would have a substantial impact on the distribution of income in Ireland in that, compared with the present tax and welfare system it would:
· Improve the incomes of 70% of households in the bottom four deciles (i.e. the four tenths of the population with lowest incomes) and
· Raise half of the individuals that would be below the 40% poverty line under ‘conventional’ options above this poverty line.
According to the Green Paper, these impacts would be achieved without any resources additional to those available to ‘conventional’ options.• The Green Paper shows that a Basic Income system is far more effective at tackling poverty than the present tax/welfare system and should form part of a comprehensive strategy to totally eliminate income poverty in the years immediately ahead.
CORI (Conference of Religious of Ireland)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 120

We don't need government-mandated childcare. We need more time away from work to take care of our own children, instead of leaving it to strangers. And if we can't set things up so that our incredible technology provides that for us, what the heck good is it?! Are we going to go into the 21st Century with more and more efficient technology and less and less time for our families and our communities? How long are we going to stay this stupid?! And don't tell me "That's the new reality of the global economy"! Like hell it is! We have designed it this way and we can redesign it. And we will eventually do so - the sooner, the better.
Timesizing Wire Website

Thursday, March 08, 2007

International Women's Day, 2007

When the women at the Chesebrough Pond's factory in London began to organise themselves, the union man stated his case and ours: 'The union only represents people who want to work.'

The young woman from Ireland who jabbed the woman next to her in the ribs and said, 'He must be joking,' had other ideas about why she was spending her precious time away from work going to meetings. She had another perspective. That's to say, her only interest in giving up a part of the time when her life did not belong absolutely to capital was to get more time back, was to get her life back, from capital. And when she looked around to find the power to do that, standing opposed to her was the union, ready to defend her, but only if she was ready to continue to accept exploitation as her natural destiny. The unions, unfortunately, are not joking.

Equality is a profoundly conservative aim; it gets you nowhere; it just continues the status quo. It actually co-opts rebellious women into the status quo and convinces them that they are privileged somehow -- the fact that they are allowed to work -- big deal. You know they're allowed to work twice as much for half as much money. Thanks guys, thanks a lot.

What sorts of social organizations would we fashion if we were not stifled day in and day out by drudgery? For example, what would a woman's day look like if we abolished the wage system and replaced it with free and voluntary activity? Bob Black argues that "by abolishing wage-labor and achieving full unemployment we undermine the sexual division of labor," which is the linchpin of modern sexism. What would a world look like that encouraged people to be creative and self-directed, that celebrated enjoyment and fulfillment? What would be the consequences of living in a world where, if you met someone new and were asked what you did, you could joyfully reply "this, that and the other thing" instead of "nothing?" Such is the world we deserve.
L. Susan Brown

Monday, March 05, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 119

They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not
seeing I see the game.
R.D. Laing: "Knots"

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