ESSAYS


        FourHourDay takes its lead from the all too human Jesus, Gandhi, and M.L. King, among others. The best life is one of material simplicity, village camaraderie, and reflective participation in the wonders of ongoing creation. However, we take our saints – and especially Gandhi – with a grain of salt. The practical demands of global survival and prosperity force us to become more than lilies of the field or hand spinners. Only with the mastery of advanced technologies can we bring every human being up to speed as a true collaborator.  But “mastery” must mean more than mere technical expertise. Truly cooperative labor is the highest form of metaphysical contemplation.  The four-hour day can't be measured in minutes or seconds.
       Given this philosophical basis, the following essays make only two further assertions. One, capitalism is no longer worth the bother. And, two, no state of the modern era has ever come within spitting distance of true socialism.  But we'll give it a try anyway.
        Read on, McDuff.

NUTSHELL

The idea that we could extricate ourselves from the current financial disintegration by inventing and injecting trillions of dollars we don't have is stranger than strange.  But we'll repeat with our dying breath that several precedents exist, and US participation in World War II is but one.  The technical difficulties pale in comparison to the political and cultural barriers that confront us, yet we have not a single thing to lose in promoting the practical vision of a planet at peace with itself.

This essay is but overture and introduction that leaves out most of the juicy details.  Embrace hope all ye who enter here.

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JESUS H. JONES
(And the Delights of Synthetic Rubber)


We wild-eyed social visionaries occasionally require the tether of history, and no reality is more sobering than that of World War II.  Yet amidst the carnage, there arose a remarkable institution of public finance.  The Reconstruction Finance Corporation anticipated precisely the sort of investment structure that makes all future fantasies plausible.

docs/Jesus H. Jones.pdf


HORACE GREELEY HJALMAR SCHACHT
(And the Magical Mystery MEFO Bill)

Most people know something about the horrendous hyperinflation Germany experienced after the First World War.  But few remember the man who cured it and then went on to bring his country to full employment in spite of global depression and a lunatic boss.

docs/Hjalmar Schacht.pdf



$49,000,000,000,000

Make no small plans, for small plans do not stir the blood.”

This is an introductory essay written prior to the "Nutshell" effort.  It's twice as long, three times as dense, and four times more incomprehensible.  Read it at your own risk, then rewrite it yourself.

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