He\’s just so wonderful, calling out the masses to strike, to agitate, to demand:
To that Kaleckian lesson, however, we want to add a Gorzian one, especially in the United States: take productivity gains more in the form of gains in disposable time than in the form of more consumption. That\’s our socialist ticket out of crisis, economic and environmental.
It\’s almost as if he doesn\’t know what it is that the hyper capitalism of the US already does:
In this paper, we use five decades of time?use surveys to document trends in the allocation of
time. We document that a dramatic increase in leisure time lies behind the relatively stable
number of market hours worked (per working?age adult) between 1965 and 2003. Specifically,
we document that leisure for men increased by 6?8 hours per week (driven by a decline in
market work hours) and for women by 4?8 hours per week (driven by a decline in home
production work hours). This increase in leisure corresponds to roughly an additional 5 to 10
weeks of vacation per year, assuming a 40?hour work week.
But then that\’s our Lenin. The proletariat should strike, agitate, demand, struggle for, what they\’re already getting.
Presumably with Lenin at the head of said struggle.
Guess he\’s finally picked a battle that he can win at least.