Utopian Fantasies

The fact that most are unwilling to face is that the rise of technology has decreased dramatically the necessity of work, and thus the driving force of exploitation.  So, those in charge are finding it more and more difficult to justify the exploitation of the masses, but they are still succeeding in doing so by creating false allegiances that pit populations against one another.  Although we believe there is such a thing as governments and nations, we know on a deeper level that financial power structures are international and meet and make agreements on a global scale, while the rest of us are constricted by regional laws.

So, in order to keep up with reality, the citizens of the world need to do a few simple things, and these things would create universal unity and liberate us from the arbitrary forms of oppression that make rich people happy.

1.  Global citizens need to unite to create a global set of labor laws, reducing the amount of labor to 30 hours a week, and demanding that all jobs pay a livable income in exchange for that time.  This would force financial institutions to spend more money on their workers, and it would also give people more free time, and this time would enrich families and individuals and allow them to engage in the dialogue of global citizenry.  The corporations are already behaving globally, so for intellectuals to keep debating globalism is a way of staying stuck in the past.  Such a simple demand, would unite citizens all over the world, and unity is exactly the primary source of power for any future progress.

2.  With that unity, as an aside, people need to begin developing a culture fiercely antagonistic toward greed and obscene wealth.  I would argue that anybody with enough assets to last 2 lifetimes has entered into wealth obesity, and must dedicate all future income and half of their time to progressive uplift of those at the bottom.

3.  A world without fixed boundaries is one where warfare does not exist.  the only violent struggle found in our world is that of rebellion and/or police action.  And in such conflict we are tasked to seek justice.  However, given a more equitable use of resources, I would argue that such rebellions would become harder to sustain, and our use of force would be channeled into basic policing of public life.

Global Citizenry has happened.  The governments are sideshows, and distract us from uniting across boarders with our fellow human beings who struggle against the daily extraction of their life force.

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  1. globatron
    May 3, 2010

    I am already a Global Citizen in my mind.

    I don’t think many would go for the thirty hour work week. I’d settle for 40 hours a week and longer days traded for three day weekends. Other countries are using that work week and it seems to be working well and does all the positives that you noted.

    I wish I had one of those passports. Intriguing post. If only our world leaders would come to this conclusion themselves. Many have I’m sure but just haven’t announced it yet.

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  2. Akbar Lightning
    May 3, 2010

    it is useful to point out that less than a hundred years ago, in this country…40 hours a week was sufficient to support a whole family, by a single parent.

    it can be argued that the support of a family has increased to 80 hours per week since that time…so what i am trying to argue for is the reinvestment in family time as a means of increasing human happiness.

    with the enslavement of adulthood, by forcing men and women to work, sending children to industrialized daycare, where they are indoctrinated into obedience, we have slowly broken down the stability of family life.

    when you say, ‘many would not go for thirty hour work week’ who are you talking about? the leaders have already come to these conclusions, that is the point…they are working globally, maintaining nationalism among the peasants, in order to maintain global control of a work force so that they can concentrate the wealth that flows from this industrial power.

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  3. globatron
    May 3, 2010

    Yes the leaders that have come to these conclusions.

    I also don’t believe personally that 40 hours a week is that bad a deal if you get a three day weekend for the reward of your time. But I agree that 30 hours would be better. What employee wouldn’t agree? I honestly think that the majority of positions can be done remotely from home these days. That would make you even more of a global citizen allowing you to work anywhere. Issues that arrise are pay rates across the borders. For example outsourcing companies like Odesk.com are paying web designers 50 cents an hour. What American designer can compete with that?

    With global warming and so many other issues I would really like to see more investment in remote work. Being able to work your 40 hours anytime of the week on a flex schedule isn’t a bad bargain too if you can get it.

    If we were indeed global citizens how would we be paid according to the cost of living according to location?

    This seems to be the bigger issue. Currencies fluctuate so depending on what country you are. An American dollar might actually might be worth something in the third world.

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  4. Akbar Lightning
    May 3, 2010

    we cannot make ‘their’ problems our problems…we need to have enough to live, for a moderate amount of work, and be able to have somebody at home for the kids…how does that compute? well, that is ‘their’ problem…the solution is sitting in their bank accounts…their enormous wealth is evidence that there is enough to go around…

    most importantly, uniting with citizens from other countries will allow us to rethink the ‘quality of life’ issue, and perhaps we would have to work more micro-locally to grow food, let our kids out of school a few days a week to help mommy or daddy at the local farm…

    the solutions are out there, but we absolutely must stop making excuses to support the overworking, overstressing of our fellows for the benefit of fat cats..

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  5. globatron
    May 3, 2010

    I won’t argue against a thirty hour work week. The one thing I would say though is that many organizations like non-profites are not fat cats.

    How would you address currency in a world without borders?

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  6. Akbar Lightning
    May 3, 2010

    we do not need to reinvent currency in order to address exploitation, since the currency of the present is available in large amounts, it just sits idle in the bank accounts of the greedy.

    i’m not sure i see the relevancy of mentioning non-profits, as there are very few non-profits invited to G-8 summits…

    my point is we need to reinvent not currency, but the idea of work…work is to provide food, shelter and bodily health. and if these things are available but sit behind social boundaries then we should be able to break those boundaries down…

    i am always amazed at the piety that goes with the idea of ‘work’…i often think humanity would be a lot better off if we all admitted to a kind of unwillingness to work without a fair exchange for our labor. i think the willingness to do work for less and less can only occur in an environment of increasing unconsciousness…

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  7. globatron
    May 3, 2010

    Yes this indeed a utopian fantasy but I’m all for it.

    I don’t work for more than I can live off of. I quit doing that after I became a father. Luckily I’m part of the digital generation that is able to push buttons and make a living wage. Unfortunately that is quickly disappearing due to outsourcing.

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  8. Krs
    May 5, 2010

    The main issue with Utopian social ideas are that they are just that, utopian.

    The world that we live in is in constant flux, moving between social systems and forms of government even as we sit here philosophizing about a place were all are happy and have enough to sustain not only ourselves but our families as well.

    The closer you get to socialism the less individual life becomes and we all get grouped together in a world where we work 30 hours and have 3 day week-ends.

    I work from the time my eyes open in the morning to about an hour or two before I close them at night. My work is never done, nor can I ever hope to achieve what I want in a mere 30 hours per week.

    Man is made to work, perhaps it is the definition of work that needs to be adjusted rather than the hours spent working for financial gain.

    But sure, if we all worked only 30 hours per week our limited financial gain would indeed make it difficult to control large amount of resources thus making a rebellion difficult to sustain.

    “One for all and more for me”
    Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

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  9. globatron
    May 5, 2010

    We need to redefine work. Bravo Krs! Agreed.

    What would the new definition be if we could redefine it?

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  10. Akbar Lightning
    May 5, 2010

    i agree with many of your points Krs…i agree with the heart of it, and the need to redefine work. and although, i agree that socialism taken to its extreme will lead to simply another extreme, i think it’s a counter-polarity necessary to advocate for in a society that surrenders to apathy and disinterest in the sufferings of others and the poor.

    now, onto the heart of what i want to say…because i think conversations such as these are beautiful, as acts in themselves…i think that ‘work’ is a perverse self-oppressive idea that comes from the slave master, and that we all feel ashamed when we are not ‘working’…’time to lean, time to clean’, that’s what i was told working at Mcdonalds…

    my point: i would like to spend more time redefining ‘play’ and reject ‘work’ in deference to time spent connecting with friends, family and loved ones. that ‘work’ that is so organized as to help others is fine by me, but much of the work of the 21st century is fragmented submission to unconscious processes, and i am not making a judgment there, i am simply saying that we should resist overcommiting to the machine, so that our time spent at the gears are conscious hours. in other words, the ‘system’ is conscious, and the slaves of the system are not…so ‘play’ and disinterest in ‘labor’ is, for me, the highest form of rebellion, but more than that…it is fun, and enjoyable, and great, and represents the antithesis to that form of lifestyle that is overly political and saintly, and thus more human.

    FUCK WORK!

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  11. Krs
    May 5, 2010

    He He He…

    I knew that was a hornets nest

    I work for me
    I work for free

    So yea, FUCK WORK

    This work is lifeswork
    Krs

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  12. Roboboy
    May 5, 2010

    Roboboy in intrigued with the direction of this conversation.

    Roboboy studies German history and finds the example of Bismarck

    Bismarck

    He used a winning strategy of “unification against an outer enemy”

    So Roboboy concludes that Archimedes initial statement holds true even today

    “Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.”

    If you do not believe Roboboy please watch the movie Independence Day.

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  13. akbar lightning
    May 6, 2010

    Krs and Robobuoy,

    firstly, i am so happy you get it, and by ‘it’, i mean my rascality, my bravado, that is inscribed hopefully with humor…that ultimately comes from the self effaced…

    most people among the blogosphere citizenry perceive me as some sort of dogmatist…but i am more like that dog with tits…you know that roman sculpture…what? i don’t know…feels good.

    anyways, i too like the direction…the sensuality of standing firmly, it’s like a linguistic erection, to trick oneself into believing and then, just as quickly to let it go, to submit…the group..we are globatron…it is bigger than us…and i thinx we might have entered into g-trons adolescent stage…watch out world..

    yes, by get it, you know that when i say ‘Fuck Work’, that i am being pretentious, because i work too damn hard, and i don’t know why, don’t know why i persist in my folly…why?

    i want to go play my video games but logocentric just posted the most fascinating goddamn thing i’ve seen in a while…

    praise will smith…and his brother winston

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  14. globatron
    May 6, 2010

    What is the saying. If you make your passion your life’s work you’ll never work a day in your life.

    If only all of us could be so lucky.

    Can we all be that lucky?

    Interesting observation about my child’s pre-kindergarten school which si a Montessori school. It’s a great program. The children get to choose what they want to work on each day. There is no set curriculum. Through that process the children find out what they are interested in and develop a thirst for knowledge. It really work.

    If you watch a class being taught it looks as if the kids are just playing. Here’s the kicker, even though they are playing they call it work. My child will correct me if I call her work play. She takes pride in her work but play is something that she has already been taught is not equal to work.

    Just thought I’d add that. She’s only 4 and she has been taught that play can not be taken seriously.

    In my creative life nearly almost everything I’ve done comes from a sense of play. An ability to let go and not be in control is what drives my creative process. I do believe as a society work is noble and play is the time waster. This is possibly something that keeps us from exploring our fullest potential, personally and as a collective.

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  15. Krs
    May 6, 2010

    Even if we can’t all do what we love we can surely all love what we do.

    So if you are taught that play is work does that not mean that you also see work as play?

    Funnily enough I attended Montessori….that really struck a chord!

    Krs

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