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20 work hours per week

30 June 2012

Bertrand Russell, in his essay “In Praise of Idleness”, argues that people need more free time than job time (to busy themselves with other activities like social life and politics, strenghtening their education, working on cultural and artistic projects, and also just strolling a little) and proposes to halve ordinary work hours per week to 20 ones. The issue he does not deal with is wage. Of course, a family cannot live earning the half: both partners should work, but many already do so and the same they cannot afford monthly budget needs. Letting apart the absurdity of that, the question should be pursued (after all everyone is looking for that, looking for getting a less defatiguating job – since, even, choosing a studying youth – as a status symbol, apart from that, more than of worth or mere expression of laziness or, actually, of appreciating social life and creative working), but, of course, at least with the same quantity of that form of social slavery called “wage”. Nonetheless, at this point, questions pose about macroeconomy, bound, in fact, more to mercantilistic cannibalism than to other things. Because more money for employees means not just, of course, more money payed by ultra-super-rich (or less rich) employers (among the other things, wages represent a more or less little part for an enterprise budget – about 8%): there are also little firms, and more wage means, by itself, a higher urge to increase prices, according to the new money availability, as considered by Milton Friedman reducing the formule

[Quantity of money] x [Velocity of money circulation]

=

[Price] x [Quantity of sold goods]

to M = P x Y (or, better, according to the formulation by the Economic School of Cambridge, k x M [ x V ] = P x Y, where k is a number above zero that represents that the portion or the multiples of the money around must be considered – savings/debts – and not the simple quantity of money) [there would be another subdivision in three markets of that money circulation/prices relation: general goods, ultra-luxury items and monetary assets].

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Then, if people earn the double in respect how much people work, prices tend, more or less giddily, to go double, after a more or less long time period of prices increase, letting apart the part of labor force that along the path is pulled to add itself to that one already present into the space left empty by the already employed labor force. Leaving the wages per work hour unchanged, instead, the employees are deprived of half their purchasing power straightly, instead to halve just the work hours. To make the macroeconomic frame step by step settled, so, with the same wage, the work hours must be reduced gradually. Exactly along this perspective the proposals of reducing the work hours per week to 35 ones go. First step: 35 hours – exactly. Then 30 ones and then, step by step, less and even much less than 20 ones, by subsequent, gradual settlements. That is not the old story of the “another one more”: if the question would be well “lubricated”, we would ask suddenly 20 work hours per week, without leaving that languishing inside future history labyrinths. The point is, as written a little above, giving time to the system to settle and then procede to the subsequent steps, to directions even far beyond a brusque change of macroeconomic framework.

Bertrand Russell 1907

English: Portrait of Milton Friedman

Political system for Libya

4 February 2012

…work in progress…

Here there are some notes about Libyan Constitutional Assembly and bodies, and about subjects (mainly about just general institutional questions) it should address. The first part has already addressed by the Libyan NTC with an Italian Mattarellum[link in Italian]-like assembly (i.e. part of the assembly elected on a proportional basis, the rest with a majoritarian poll per districts).

Its outlines suit to everywhere, and are a synthesis of a more extended work in progress I am, and whoever else would join it, preparing for publication.

Its core is a parliamentary (with a basically proportional repartition of seats) system of government, and a self-governed magistrature in a Civil Law legal system with judges and prosecutors enlisted in one career whom being able of to choose and, at different times, switch on either one or the other function.

Other elements are a sort of British House of Lords and an Ancient Athenians Boule, declined to contemporary times, the former with some a procedure not to overwhelm that and to fence that under a lot of aspects (including the chamber not being mandatory to enact, but just when it comes in to reach a certain number of members) – read below.

Furthermore, including art. 11 of Italian constitution and the refusal of abortion; electoral law a constitutional law, in the Italian legal language sense of the term, being that a core institutional provision; quotas in the representative chamber for women and young and aged people; and other points of thumb.

First: The Constituent Assembly and Constituency bodies

Constituent Assembly should be a 50-seat pure proportionally elected by people from 14-years-old ones (the age at which a person can get a job) not on blocked list assembly, with a 50% of women and a proportional-to-populace composition for young, not young and aged (read Appendix 2) people – however every age range should not be 50% men-50% women but all the assembly – every list having that composition – in the same way – encompassed for young people by 18/22-years-old candidates (a 5-years range starting from the age of majority) and for aged people, by 56/60-years-old candidates (no candidature to any elective charge being possible over 60-years-old), on a single national electoral district with a 5-year mandate after which electing again the assembly if it does not reach a conclusive resolution.

The assembly should also elect a constituency president – after establishing a duration of the mandate for that charge longer than 5 years – with a qualified majority of 2/3, not to be elected again to presidency, and appoint a government in a parliamentary system of government.

Voters should have to be able to point a maximum of three candidates (at least of age) of the chosen list, if more than one, at least one of a different sex of the other(s).

The conclusive resolution of the assembly should be approved by a confirmative referendum. If not, the assembly remains in charge to address government questions until a new assembly is suddenly elected, ended or not its 5 years of mandate.

Second: Constitution should address:

  • a rigid process to be changed (like the Italian one) by ordinary parliament AND the possibility of electing an assembly-to-the-purpose identical to the Constituent one, which candidatures to are incompatible to other high state charges, with a 5-year mandate, to be re-elected if it does not reach during its mandate a conclusive resolution to in end (read Appendix 3) be voted by a people confirmative referendum.
  • a parliamentary system of government, with a three-chambers parliament: one with 50 representatives at least of age, not electable for more than three consecutive mandates complete or not and a composition like the Constituent Assembly, with a 10-years mandate, elected on one single national electoral district with a seat repartition system with a majority bonus of 55% on preliminary coalitions of not-blocked lists, and a vote system identical to the Constitutional Assembly one providing also to be able to vote just for a coalition; one, with the only power of amending the laws debated by the representative chamber, elected one member per time for life with at least a qualified majority of 2/3 by the representative chamber (read Appendix 1) AND former Presidents of Libya; one with 50 members with a 2-years mandate drawn from a single national list of appliers for, with the power of failing with a qualified majority of 2/3 the laws elaborated by the other two chambers, but some sort of, the same not subject to abrogative referendum, suddenly when they pass them without it amends them. Electoral law for the representative chamber is a “constitutional” one, in the sense of the term in the Italian legal language. No candidature either to those or to every other elective charges possible over 55-years-old, nor to the drawn chamber. Every member of parliament has the same prerogatives of proposing laws and amendments and of immunity.
  • just the representatives’ one vote votes-of-no-confidence for the government.
  • all together in a single assembly, the three chambers elect, for a mandate longer than the representatives’ chamber one ceasing however at their 70 years, two Presidents of Libya, one a female one and one a male one,  under 56 years-old, both acting collegiately (if two Presidents are not in charge, as President acts either the president of the chamber elected by the representatives’ chamber or the president of the representatives’ chamber – read Appendix 1), but with different mandate periods, each one with a qualified majority of 2/3; if the election of one of the Presidents occurs during the year next the election of the other one, that President gets a half mandate, to keep what above.
  • a High Council of the Bench, of no more than 50 members, for the self-government of the Bench, voted by all the Bench pure proportionally on not-blocked lists on one single national district.
  • a Civil Law legal system, with a code of laws to elaborate suddenly by the chambers.
  • Judges-Prosecutors being both two not distinct functions of the Bench, responding to the High Council of the Bench, being able at different times to choose which function to encompass. Mandatory legal action by prosecutors.
  • A High Court appointed for 2/5 collegiately by the Presidents of Libya, 2/5 by High Council of the Bench, 1/5 by the chamber elected by the representatives’ one, with the task of pointing out the constitutionality of laws and central and local government and the Bench provisions, addressing conflicts among state bodies, disposing of immunity for members of chambers.
  • higher state charges incompatibility but among representatives and directional government charges (prime minister, prime minister’s deputies, ministers, ministers’ deputies, undersecretaries).
  • administrative districts – encompassing at the basilar rank no less than 50 thousands and no more, but the metropolitan areas in a single one, than 200 thousands people (areas to redifine at every census if the populace lessens or exceeds the 50-200 thousands people range or with modifying of metropolitan areas) – political bodies identical to these of the Italian provinces, with the elective council (with no more than 50 members – voters can point a double candidature picking two candidates from the picked list, one of a female one and one of a male one) – and lists candidated to that with repartition and appointment similar to that of the representative chamber – female and male and young/not young/aged quotas (proportional to the district age composition – read also Appendix 2), 2/3 majority bonus. They can federate among them and in more than one federation, the same for the federations, with political direction bodies elected and appointed identically to the basical ones.
  • improved administrative autonomy for Berbers, Blacks, Tuaregs, etc.
  • an abrogative referendum system.
  • a parties financing system identical to the German one.
  • representative chamber’s and its committees’ presidencies to the parties without majority bonus.
  • Italian Constitution’s Art. 11; refusal of abortion; Italian “Workers’ Statute” [link in Italian] Art. 18 and a CCNL [link in Italian] (Work National Collective Contracts) procedure similar to the Italian one.
  • Presidents of Libya in charge collegiate commanders-in-chief of Libyan Army.
  • secret services managed and responding to a representatives’ committee with some member of the chamber elected by the representatives’ one, which members incompatible with their chamber’s office of presidency, occasionally other committees and other directional government charges (prime minister, prime minister’s deputies, ministers, ministers’ deputies, undersecretaries).

Appendix

  1. Candidatures to the chamber elected by the representatives’ chamber should be proposed with the same requirements needed to propose a law, and not during the six months before the voting; the voting should occur no more often than one other year, and the week before voting every candidate should be able to refuse the candidature. Every candidate should be voted, passing the one with more votes but at least a qualified majority of 2/3; if there is evenness, the older person takes the charge. Candidates that does not pass, also when no candidate passes, cannot be candidate again before 10 years pass. The chamber elected by the representatives’ chamber enacts when it reaches at least 15 members; elected ones hold the charge, with the related allowances and every prerogative of a member of parliament, the right to vote for the Presidents of Libya, the restrictions to assume other charges, else their charge is ineffective.
  2. For representatives’ chamber, the assemblies-to-modify-constitution eventually indicted and the lists of candidates to these, the ranges young/not young/aged people which they are reparted on occur so: young are everyone from birth to the fifth year above the age of majority; aged are everyone over 56-years-old (read First section); not young everyone between these two thresholds.
  3. Just after an examination by the Presidents of Libya which they after can exert a one-shot power to send back that to be debated, the conclusive resolution of an assemblies-for-constitution series – as in the point above outlined – pass straightly to be voted by the drawn assembly without it amends that, and if it fails that, the confirmative referendum does not occur, being the same the assemblies-for-constitution series’ work ended.

“Deepening” about Bendandi’s method

28 August 2011

Raffaele Bendandi points out Earth crust is subject to tidal waves. That is not able to explain all the Earth seismic activity, both of minimal intensity and of major intensity, but those tidal waves can be a stimulus for urging SOME seismic shakes. The question is locating the fault which that stimulus will act on and the exact point of that. Maybe a knowledge I would definetopographical” of the underground parts of every fault would be necessary, i.e. a knowledge of their underground conformation in terms of protuberances and concavities. However Bendandi’s method, which has forecast a certain number of earthquakes, is like Leonardo da Vinci‘s theories about flight: maybe we shall not make Icaruswings but aircrafts, and that after researches and works, and technologies, laying on the basis that terrestrial crust os subject to tidal waves.

It would be interesting observing if high and low Earth atmosphere pressures are interested by tidal waves, too.

A regulation to manufacture biofuel

3 July 2011

The strenght points of biofuel are several.

That is not just a source of less pollution, but that is a renewable form of fuel, derivating from biomasses.

However, when it is produced from manufacturing cultivable plants, it needs a regulation about cultivation of these and its manufacturing and trade.

Aphorisms – Aforismi [3]

19 June 2011

(3)

You must solve problems in the sequence which they are in front of you in.

I problemi si risolvono nell’ordine in cui si presentano.

Aphorisms – Aforismi [2]

13 June 2011

(2)

People has always a WTF nothing to do. That’s not enough: they are so idiot that, not to admit that, carry on pervicaciously to do THAT (nothing).

La gente non c’ha mai un ca**o da fare. Non solo: è così idiota che, pur di
non ammetterlo, insiste con pervicacia a non farlo.

Aphorisms – Aforismi [1]

9 June 2011

(1)

A civil world or a barbarian world? There is barbarism when the hegelian synthesis complexity = simplicity vs. complicatedness breaks.

Civiltà e barbarie? Barbarie è quando si spezza la sintesi hegeliana
complessità = semplicità vs. complicatezza.

Milton Friedman and the inflation during Eighties

2 January 2011

This letter was for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, I post it here translated.

“Dear dr. Romano,

I would make an observation about the mention of Milton Friedman by Marco Sabelli in pg. 26 of “Corriereconomia” of 10/25/10. If the money supply is 1,000 but the percentage in possession of people is 50%, in terms of inflation that is the same of a supply of 2,000, the double, but with money quantity in possession of people the half percentage, 25%. This observation is like the ones made by Joseph Stiglitz‘s theories and Quantity theory of money by the Cambridge school of economics.

What grows actually in that case is the quantity of money available for financial operations (rather than for investments during the period taken in consideration by Sabelli), i.e. practically buying shares for example, with “the inflations of things like the shares prices” i.e. stock market bubbles.

The fifteen years period ’80-’95 was characterised by big transfers of money from States by their Welfare sector to people, by the way at expenses of the government debt, not balanced by revenues.

I would finally point that 45% of Italian resources is in possession of 10% of the populace.”

Sabelli observed that with a high inflation during the period ’80-’95 there was not an equivalent growth of money supply, in contrast with Friedman’s theories.

Military or paramilitary band: Italian Government decriminalises

25 December 2010

The decriminalisation (i.e. changing from jail to a fine of the connected penalty) in Italy of the criminal offence of military or paramilitary band, called also “Lodo Calderoli” – because it was the veto of the minister Roberto Calderoli in the Council of Ministers of Italy to its elimination from the governmental decree, which until today it is unknown how it is entered in, of the regulation that institutes it that held it in that – is an attempt to destroy the sovereignty of the Italian State.

Just the State has the right (and the duty) of instituting military structures, its own ones, on its own territory. I invite the President of Italy to point the matter to the Italian Government, before signing the reiteration of the governmental decree.

7 tools to underpin the economy

12 April 2009

A strong people is the base for any nation, and popular wellfare rises the acquisition of awareness and so strength for its citizens by the access to cultural tools (education, books, press, the internet) and so to cultural creation.

Here there are 7 yet existing tools to underpin the economy and keep it from huge accentrated capital stocks collapse, so subject to huge collapse even more where there is the will of few to makes trick with their huge numbers. Not at random, sectors based on these methodologies are among the less hit by the crisis:

antitrust
public company
– “public” bank (Italian “banca popolare”, if you can read Italian there is an entry about it on the Italian Wikipedia)
coops
microfinance
social business
ethical banking

I remark that this post don’t want to be resolved in a between the lines assault against derivatives, which represent an effective way of coverage from market fluctuations, but for firms dealing DIRECTLY (enough) the goods which their counter-fluctuations are subject for.
The free and also liberal market is an unvaluable conquer, giving chance of developing effective productive and allocation systems, products and services especially as much as it is like Adam Smith conceived it, i.e. based on perfect competition. The problem is how much laborers get profit from it and don’t just undertake risks.