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From New Geography: New Towns and New Lives in the Country

A retired landscape architect and Tennessean has some interesting ideas.  I know from friends and family that the necessity of the two pay-check home is balanced by the cost of living the life-style.  Often the gain is very little indeed, and just enough to keep everything afloat.  Lea lays out the problem pretty clearly, but it’s his suggested solution that’s interesting.  I don’t know whether it has much of a shot though:

Back in the 1950s when I was growing up, pundits worried a lot about automation and the problem of leisure in a post-industrial society. What were the American people going to do once machinery had relieved them of the daily burden of routine labor? Would they paint pictures and write poetry? Armchair intellectuals found it hard to imagine.

It was the age of Ozzie and Harriet, when ordinary working and middle-class families could aspire to a house in the suburbs and a full-time Mom who stays at home with the kids. Today, of course, that popular version of the American dream is a thing of the past, especially the part about a full-time Mom who stays at home with the kids.

Ironically it was washing machines and automatic dishwashers – automation – that brought this idyll to an end. These two labor saving devices made it possible for housewives to go out into the workforce and compete with their husbands. At first they did it because they were bored at home and wanted to earn extra money, if only to help pay for those new household appliances. Gradually, however, it became a matter of necessity as two-paycheck families bid down wages even as they jacked up the price of suburban real estate in areas where the schools were good and the neighborhoods safe. By the time you subtracted the costs of owning a second automobile and using professional child care services, the advantages of that extra paycheck had largely disappeared.

The biggest surprise – to me as well – was that labor-saving technologies do not automatically redound to the benefit of labor. Other things being equal they reduce the demand for labor and hence its price in the marketplace. We saw this happen in the 19th century when modern agricultural machinery forced three-quarters of the population off their farms and into the cities, where they had to compete with immigrants and each other in the new industrial economy. Not until the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1937, which outlawed child labor and established the 40 hour work week, did the world of Ozzie-and-Harriet become a democratic possibility.

But of course Modern Marvels never cease[…]

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Bishop Bakare wins Swedish human rights prize

Bishop Bakare from Zimbabwe was named winner of a Swedish human rights prize for “having given voice to the fight against oppression.” Bishop Sebastian Bakare was also cited for his work to promote “freedom of speech and of opinion in a difficult political situation.”

Christians in Iraq

The Anglican Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, whose diocese includes Iraq, has expressed his strong solidarity with all Christians there at a time when they in particular are suffering a spate of violence. The bishop recently visited Baghdad, where he met religious and political leaders, including major Shi’a and Sunni figures, as well as diplomats.


Compass Rose, Symbol of the World-wide Anglican Communion
Compass Rose, Symbol of the World-wide Anglican Communion

The Anglican – Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission held its first meeting in the Centro Anglicano de la Diócesis de México in Mexico City, as guests of the Anglican Consultative Council. The Commission was co-chaired by the Right Revd Harold Miller, the Bishop of Down and Dromore (Church of Ireland), for the Anglican Communion, and the Revd Professor Robert Gribben (Uniting Church in Australia), Chairman of the Standing Committee on Ecumenics and Dialogue, on behalf of the World Methodist Council.

Nation celebrates Gandhi's life as attacks on Christians continue

Anglican Communion News Service:

Christians and secular groups in India have commemorated the October 2 anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, but attacks against Christians continued on a day that marks the Indian independence campaigner’s message of non-violence.
More than 100 Christian houses were torched in the troubled city of Kandhamal and nearby district of Boudh in the Orissa district as the nation prepared to celebrate the 139th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth.

Archbishop to visit Diocese of Ely for launch of 900th anniversary celebrations

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will pay a pastoral visit to the Diocese of Ely as it launches its 900th anniversary celebrations this weekend, 23–25 January.

During his visit, Dr Williams will meet with all the clergy of the Diocese, and visit communities reflecting its diversity, before taking part in the inaugural Eucharist of the 900th anniversary celebrations at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 24th January. The visit will end on Sunday at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, where he will preach the Hulsean Sermon before the Vice-Chancellor and University.

Policy Briefing: Mexico City

The Mexico City Policy (called by pro-abortion activists and the national press the “Global Gag Rule”) conditions any receipt of funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) by overseas non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on their agreement neither to perform nor to “actively promote” abortion as a means of family planning. The policy was […]

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