This page revised 2011 November 19.
My Vancouver civic election picks at bottom.
Guaranteed Jobs: see article below on this page.
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I'm restoring my Leap 4 Love articles here, mostly on the topics of Breast-right, Joy-earned, Nude-peace, and Philocracy.
Here's one Philocracy article:
a practical plan to end forced idleness
by Korky Day.
Revised 2011 Aug 10.
A short introduction
When I see my fellow poor people lining up to cash in huge bags of bottles and cans for a few cents each, I always think, “People with that much drive and initiative surely could work for pay, at least as a casual labourer, if anyone would hire them.” My proposed programme to hire almost all applicants is called Guaranteed Jobs (GJ).
Canada and most countries now have a political-economic system which is unlikely to hire any of the poorest people--ever, even during so-called labour shortages. We never have better than about 5% unemployment officially. Unofficially, it’s likely closer to 20%, maybe 4 million in Canada. Of that 20%, the people suffering the most will hardly notice the ups and downs of the economy because most of them are permanently exiled from wage labour.
Work should not be required; that’s slavery. Work should not be a privilege; that’s the present fatal failed system in Canada and almost all countries. Rather, the third way is to make work a right, as proposed in 1944 by USA President Franklin Roosevelt just before he died.
Have jobs always been scarce? No, it’s a recent development of the human race. Is that how it always will be? Only as long as we allow it.
A very few politically and economically powerful people think that they benefit by forcing idleness. However, my Guaranteed Jobs proposal will end up helping everyone: the poor, directly; and the rich, indirectly. The plan requires federal funding because the localities which need it most can afford it least.
India now has a government programme of guaranteeing some citizens the right of 100 hours a year of paid work. In the old Soviet bloc, no one was involuntarily without paid work other than prisoners and dissidents. The USSR accomplished full employment for about seven decades. Yet now, neither the former Soviet bloc nor the wealthiest countries in the world guarantee anyone any work.
Why not? Is it considered too socialistic, or is it that such a system would be too expensive? In truth, it would be neither.
Canadians are willing to pay some "welfare", even though the recipients don't work for the money, so surely they also would favour adding the less generous option of letting everyone work who wanted to. That should appeal to almost everyone, even those who resent government give-aways.
Neither would a Guaranteed Jobs scheme be too expensive, according to my research. In fact, the whole economy would be buoyed and stabilized by Guaranteed Jobs, benefiting everyone. Instead of bailing out just the fat cats (as government does), bailing out the poor and jobless would inject massive amounts of money directly into the businesses serving those poor. That includes grocers and apartment owners, many of whom are rich. That would boost the rental housing industry and create housing for the homeless. That would be much faster than the occasional direct government funding of mere dozens of new housing units.
The cost of Guaranteed Jobs would more than pay for itself. We can add up the huge savings in many sectors, both public and private, such as in health care and in the costs of family instability.
Consider one of those areas of savings: crime. If everyone can work for pay anytime they want, many fewer would turn to crime for money or to rioting in anger. So the whole society would save on the tremendous governmental and private costs of theft, alcoholism, drug trafficking, vandalism, criminal gangs, prostitution, and so on. For instance, addicts would have an incentive to reduce their intoxication so that they could work.
Canadians feel very guilty and distraught seeing people begging and freezing on the streets. We want to do something, but are afraid of making matters worse by giving money to beggars.
Some generous people will buy a local "street" paper or ladle out soup for a charity, which help. However, what about the other millions of unemployed? Most poor people would rather work, even for minimum wage and part time, than get welfare only. The private sector, though, has no financial incentive for hiring the least "employable". They never want to hire those who they think are the worst workers.
But those people could work at jobs such as picking weeds instead of the labour-saving practice of poisoning weeds on park lawns. Mothers could work part-time walking groups of neighbourhood children to and from school (which saves a lot of fuel, too). Such job options would reduce the severe financial penalties for breastfeeding mothers. Some people, even if disabled, could be transit guides, riding each bus and subway car. They would help passengers and report problems.
The plan also guarantees no reductions in the present number of regular government jobs. I have a long list of jobs that could be offered with this plan.
Contact the author for more about Guaranteed Jobs.
(c) 2010 and 2011 by Korky Day,
korkyday [at] yahoo [dot] com .
Revised from the article in Megaphone (2010 December 31, page 16; Vancouver, BC, Canada) and
Victoria Street Newz
(2011 February, page 1; Victoria, BC).
End of article about Guaranteed Jobs.
Vancouver civic election
picks 2011 November 19.
by Korky Day.
I'm better represented by a First Nations homeless addicted person than a wannabe-1% yuppie cocktail partier getting millions in campaign donations from developers while doing little for the 99%, just enough to look good, such as bike lanes, and sheltering a few of the homeless.
I would vote COPE candidates, but they got into bed with the devil (Vision Vancouver) and won't work to get proportional representation, the most important issue. Furthermore, COPE is not standing up to support Occupy Vancouver. So I don't want a COPE candidate to edge out a Green.
So here, in my opinion, are the best candidates for the 99%, in red and green with asterisk (*):
Mayor--vote for no more than 1
ANTON, Suzanne --NPA
BUDAY, Gölök Zoltán
COOKE, Lloyd Alan
*HELTEN, Randy --
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV)
MCGUIRE, Gerry --Vancouver Citizen’s Voice
PAQUETTE, Victor B.
ROBERTSON, Gregor --Vision Vancouver
ZIMMERMAN, Darrell “Saxmaniac”
City Council--vote for no more than 10
AFFLECK, George --NPA
AQUINO, RJ --COPE
BALL, Elizabeth --NPA
*BENSON, Nicole --NSV
BICKERTON, Sean --NPA
CARANGI, Joe --NPA
*CARR, Adriane --Green Party of Vancouver
CHARKO, Ken --NPA
COPELAND, Cord “Ted”
DEAL, Heather --Vision Vancouver
DHARNI, Michael Singh
FOX, Amy “Evil Genius”
*GILL, Lauren R.I.C.H.
*GREGSON, Ian --De-Growth Vancouver
JANG, Kerry --Vision Vancouver
*KERCHUM, Marie --NSV
KLASSEN, Mike --NPA
LAMARCHE, Jason --NPA
LOUIE, Raymond P. --Vision Vancouver
LOUIS, Tim --COPE
*MARTIN, Terry --NSV
*MASSON, Chris --De-Growth Vancouver
MAXWELL N BUR, R H
MCCREERY, Bill --NPA (Richmond)
MEGGS, Geoff --Vision Vancouver
*MURPHY, Elizabeth --NSV
NGUYEN, Marc Tan
REIMER, Andrea --Vision Vancouver
*SHAW, Chris --De-Growth Vancouver
*SPIRES, Aaron R.I.C.H.
STEVENSON, Tim --Vision Vancouver
TANG, Tony --Vision Vancouver
WONG, Francis --NPA
WOODSWORTH, Ellen --COPE
YUEN, Bill --NPA
Park Commissioner--vote for no more than 7
ANDALIS, Juliet Victoria
BARNES, Constance --Vision Vancouver
BLYTH, Sarah --Vision Vancouver
COUPAR, John --NPA
CRAWFORD, Casey --NPA
DE GENOVA, Melissa --NPA
GRANBY, Brent --COPE
GREENWELL-BAKER, Donalda --COPE
HAMILTON, Jamie Lee --IDEA
HASKELL, Peter Raymond
JASPER, Aaron --Vision Vancouver
KALAW, Gabby --NPA
LOKE, Trevor --Vision Vancouver
*MACKINNON, Stuart --Green Party of Vancouver
PASIN, Dave --NPA
PRI TOOR, Freyja
SHARMA, Niki --Vision Vancouver
UPTON, Jason --NPA
School Trustee-- vote for no more than 9
BACCHUS, Patti --Vision Vancouver
BALLANTYNE, Fraser --NPA
BLAKEY, Al --COPE
BOUEY, Jane --COPE
*BOUTIN, Louise --Green Party of Vancouver
CLEMENT, Ken --Vision Vancouver
DENIKE, Ken --NPA
GIESBRECHT, Gwen --COPE
HASKELL, Peter Raymond
LOMBARDI, Mike --Vision Vancouver
PAYNE, Cherie --Vision Vancouver
ROBERTSON, Stacy --NPA
SHARMA, Sandy --NPA
STARK, Robert Allan
WONG, Allan --COPE
WOO, Sophia --NPA
WYNEN, Rob --Vision Vancouver
COPE Coalition of Progressive Electors 604-255-0400 email@example.com cope.bc.ca
De-Growth Vancouver 604-346-1328 DeGrowthVancouver@de-growth.com de-growth.com
Green Party of Vancouver 604-689-9233 firstname.lastname@example.org vangreens.ca
IDEA Independent Democratic Electoral Alliance 778-452-0081 email@example.com jamieleehamilton.ca
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) 778-316-8993 firstname.lastname@example.org nsvancouver.ca
NPA Civic Non Partisan Association 604-633-9992 email@example.com npavancouver.ca
Vancouver Citizen’s Voice 604-682-0188 firstname.lastname@example.org vcvoice.ca
Vision Vancouver Electoral Association 604-568-6913 email@example.com votevision.ca .
End of article "Vancouver civic election picks 2011".
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