Econ 101: The case for an 18-to-24 hour workweek, both parents working

Whether caused by labor-saving technology, mass immigration, or trade with low-wage goliaths like China, the result is the same: an oversupply of low-skilled labor in relation to demand, leading to lower wages for ordinary Americans.

The last time we faced a similar crisis, in the late 19th century, we legislated the 8 hour day and 40 hour week. I suggest we do something similar today. Indeed, it may be an essential part of any real solution: the only way ordinary workers can benefit from labor-saving technological advances.

I do not pretend that a shorter work week will solve the problems caused by mass immigration (which must simbly stop, it hurts the sending countries) or by free trade in the new global economy. The latter requires the cooperation of our European allies: an end to overseas tax havens, secret bank accounts, and shell corporations, paving the way for a graduated consumption tax and universal wage subidies. In that context only does free trade make sense.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

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  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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