Alternative Calenders The Liberty Calender Part 1

About a proposal for an alternative form of calender known as the Liberty Calender.

SOLUTIONS--PRACTICAL PROPOSALS AND BRAND-NEW APPROACHES TO A MULTITUDE OF PROBLEMS

NEW CALENDARS

The Liberty Calendar

A calendar is simply a system of reckoning time. There have been many different forms and several are still in use. The form we are using is most favored, yet both scientists and studious business persons have for many years claimed that it is exceedingly cumbersome and very poorly adapted to the needs of this strenuous age. This is because there is so little regularity in its construction. The months are of uneven length; not one of them contains any given number of complete weeks, and one of them has an additional day tacked on each fourth year. The calendar is an outgrowth, or evolution, of forms which previously were in use. One more evolution of the right sort will make it entirely satisfactory.

Many people suppose the months are regulated by changes of the moon, or by movements of some of the planets, but this is a mistake. The use of lunar months was discontinued even before our present calendar came into use. Neither the number nor the length of the months is governed by any of nature's laws; hence, there is no good reason why they cannot be changed as the welfare of society may require.

Various plans for an improvement of the calendar have been suggested; but on January 1, 1917, Joseph U. Barnes of Minneapolis, Minn., evolved a plan which is conceded to be by far the best yet proposed. Under this plan, our present complicated and inconvenient arrangement can easily be made so simple and convenient that printed calendars would soon be unknown. Only three simple changes are required. They are as follows:

First, make New Year's Day an independent legal holiday. Have it fall between the last day of December and the first day of January. Do not include it in any week or month.

Second, provide another independent legal holiday for Leap Year. Have it fall between the last day of one month and the first day of the next. Do not include it in any week or month.

Third, divide the remaining 364 days into 13 months of exactly four weeks each, making Monday the first day of every month and Saturday the last workday of every month. The days of the week would then be permanently fixed as follows:

The 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd days of every month would always be on Monday.

The 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd days of every month would always be on Tuesday.

The 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th days of every month would always be on Wednesday.

The 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th days of every month would always be on Thursday.

The 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th days of every month would always be on Friday.

The 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th days of every month would always be on Saturday.

The 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th days of every month would always be on Sunday.

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