An entire floor of Rome's modernistic Ministry of Corporations clatters all day with the ordered bedlam of statistical machines. Last week they rang up a total of exactly 155,518 Italians re-employed since Oct. 16 as a direct result of an experiment begun that day by the Corporative State.
The experiment: shift Italian industrial workers from a 48 to a 40 hour week, keeping hourly wages unchanged.
One obvious effect: assuming the volume of production to remain un canged, Italian industry must take on one-fifth more workers.
Another effect: the proletarian who used to work...