Alternative Calenders The Liberty Calender Part 2
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
The Liberty Calendar
While making the change, Good Friday and Easter Sunday should be placed on certain fixed dates. According to history, the placing of these on fixed dates was seriously considered at the time that our present calendar was adopted. This change would secure a much-desired regularity and would be especially appreciated by members of the mercantile trade.
This simplified calendar could be adopted by Congress to take effect on Sunday, the first day of next year, and the change would cause scarcely a ripple in our business or social life. Six months' experience under this simplified form would make us wonder why we put up with the inconvenience of our present form so long.
The name chosen for the new month is Liberty. Barnes had, early in 1917, chosen the word Gregory, but the stirring events of 1917 and 1918 made the word Liberty so prominent that, when the president of a Minneapolis bank suggested it as a name for the new month, the suggestion was immediately adopted.
The new month is placed immediately after February, so in the new plan the months read: January, February, Liberty, March, etc. The independent legal holiday provided for Leap Year will be called Correction Day.
The advantages of this simplified calendar cannot be overestimated. The savings of time and mental effort in making calculations for the future would be beyond all comprehension. These advantages would arise from the fact that all the months in the entire year would be just alike. Every month would have exactly four weeks and every month would commence with Monday and end with Sunday. All holidays and anniversaries would always fall on the same day of the week. Every day in all the months would receive an absolutely fixed place in the four weeks. Our present exasperating system of four and a fraction weeks to the month would be done away with, and there would be no more five Sundays in a month to upset all our calculations.
People are called upon every day of the year to set dates for future occurrences. Dates for meetings, payments, commencement of employment, quitting employment, occupancy or vacancy of property, legislation, etc., would be consistent. This simplified calendar would enable anyone to tell at once on what day of the week any future day of the month would fall.
Under this equal-month calendar, exactly the same length of time would elapse between all regular paydays, which is not now the case when paydays are monthly or semimonthly. This would very greatly simplify terms of employment and be a great convenience to both employers and employees.
As another simple illustration of the inconvenience of our present calendar, it might be stated that millions of people in this country alone ask every year on what day of the week Christmas will fall. Under this new form of calendar, everyone would know that as Christmas comes on the 25th day of the month, it would always fall on Thursday. The same question asked with reference to any future holiday, or any anniversary, or any date whatsoever, could be as easily answered.
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