Lets become more inefficient to save the world!!!!


Lets work less, produce less, waste less and live more!!!!

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Alternatives to Growth – Efficiency Shifting
By Conrad Schmidt

“Being inefficient, in many cases, simply means taking the time to do something right.” (Page 146)

Clear, to the point, easy to follow and an alternative view. I would recommend this book for any teacher who wants to engage students in learning about current affairs, history, politics, economics and the environment, or anyone interested in these subjects. This book has excellent notes to back up statements.

To tantalize your curiosity here are a few quotes from this book and hopefully they will entice you enough to read the book. There are links to some related videos, but be sure to come back to this posting because Conrad has some very interesting things to point out.

REDUCING THE WORK WEEK

“In general the more leisure time a nation has, the more egalitarian[1] it is.” “Having time is essential in creating an empowered citizenry. Empowered citizens are in a better position to demand a more egalitarian income distribution and greater benefits for the average person.” (Page131)

“Unemployed people, who are potentially facing homelessness, are more concerned with finding a job, or their next meal, than politics or economics.”

Here is a short story based on actual facts of Henry Doyle’s life and his experience of being hungry and living in Vancouver’s down town east side.
https://ritajasper.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/rooming-house-blues-in-the-downtown-eastside-by-henry-doyle/

Never mind eating, just staying safe – staying alive is a challenge. See this 30 second video about a woman who lived in Vancouver’s down town east side. https://ritajasper.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/homeless-murdered/

“Overworked citizens who spend long hours commuting or furiously trying to meet a deadline do not have the time, inclination or social connectivity to be a political force.” (Page 132)

“Reduced work week helps reduce our ecological footprint…” “First, it gives people the time for things like education, health, family and more. Secondly it helps prevent the wealth of a nation being concentrated in the hands of a few.” (Page133)

THE ARCHITECTURE OF CONSUMERISM

Edward Filene, an economist of the time, put it as follows: “The businessman of the future must fill the pockets of the workers and consumers before he can fill his pockets.” (Page 25)

Conrad also draws attention to racist education and automation resulting in and affecting job loss (Page 44).

“Consumerism needs a society of people who don’t share,…” (Page 57)

GREEN EFFICIENCY

“Unless the economy grows and people manufacture, use, and waste more there will be rising unemployment.”

“Sustainability is more about what we do with that energy than where it comes from.” (Page 88)

“The traditional solution of policy makers is to grow the economy to increase employment. If we allow this to happen, all the benefits of these new green technologies are lost.” (Page 113)

WHAT ABOUT RECYCLING?

“But just as with every other ‘green’ initiative, if it is adopted for the wrong motives then it will have an undesirable ecological consequence…” (Page 98)

EFFICIENCY SHIFTING

Another aspect of energy shifting is “Efficiency gains counterbalanced with inefficiency.” (Page 107)

“An example of an inefficiency gain could be legislation requiring an increasing percentage of agricultural output to be organic.” (Page 107)

ORGANIC FARMING

“Inefficiency in farming has the biggest potential to solve climate change, species extinction rates, environmental degradation, poverty and even hunger.”

One of the biggest criticisms and arguments against organic farming practices is that it is expensive and will result in poverty and starvation. This is not correct. Despite almost a century of cheap and abundant food, poverty and starvation has been increasing. The relationship between poverty and expensive food is the reverse in many cases. If done correctly, more expensive food can help reduce poverty and hunger. This is the topic of the next chapter.” (Page 111)

WHY CHEAP FOOD CREATES POVERTY (Page 115)

“The dream of unlimited and cheap food has become our single biggest ecological nightmare, as well as a source of poverty around the world. Just as cheap food increased hunger and poverty during the Great Depression it is creating poverty and starvation today.” (Page 117)

“The more rural communities are healed, the less pressure there is forcing people into sweatshops.” (Page 121)

MORE EFFICIENCY SHIFTING (Page 123)

“The idea of accounting for every second on a production line has a long history that began with Henry Ford’s goals of making cheap mass produced cars.” “…It did not take too long before bureaucrats became enthralled with Henry Ford’s stop motion studies and decided to try the same techniques with social services, such as health care and education.” (Page 123)

“What was lost in transferring stop motion studies to t he caring economy was caring.” “What was good for cars and washing machines was not good for people.” (Page 124)

“The benefit of a better educated society gets lost in statistics that are only concerned with saving money.” (Page 125)

“As for the health care sector, becoming efficient was not enough.” “…public hospitals have been shut down in favour of private hospitals.”  “Even though the system is very efficient at performing expensive and profitable procedures, it is not effective in caring for people. According to the World Health Organization, health care in the United States ranks only 37th in the world.” (Page 126)

“…homeless in the United States on any given night, 40 to 45 percent of them have a serious mental illness.. As the street is no place to re over, many eventually end up in prisons.” (Page 126)

An interesting article about Senator Larry Campbell and what he had to say
https://ritajasper.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/housing-or-jail/

Let us remember that in many countries, prisons are for profit institutions with heavy debts that need to be paid back to the builders (you know who they are). In order to pay these debts, apparently they need to make sure all beds are filled because they are paid for the number of people incarcerated in their facilities.

Education and health are vastly more important to the well being of a society than the manufacturing and disposal of things we do not need.”

“Every educated healthy person is a benefit to everyone who is part of society.” (Page 127)

In my humble opinion, our current governments are slowly chipping away at our medical and educational system to insidiously destroy our public institutions so that they hope we come to a point where we will welcome private education and health care.

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To PURCHASE this book “Alternatives to Growth – Efficiency Shifting” By Conrad Schmidt go here: http://www.efficiencyshifting.com/


[1] maintaining, relating to, or based on a belief that all people are, in principle, equal and should enjoy equal social, political, and economic rights and opportunities

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Rita Jasper strives to produce work that makes social impact or simply provokes thought to bring about awareness & different points of view.
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3 Responses to Lets become more inefficient to save the world!!!!

  1. Ogopogo says:

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  2. 床墊 says:

    Thanks for this! I’ve been searching all over the web for the info.

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