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Less work, less stuff, more time: Why we could all be working 15 hours a week.

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In 1960, if we had started taking the increase in productivity as a society in the form of ‘time’ instead of ‘more stuff,’ we would be able to pretty much maintain the 1960 standard of living and we would now be down to about 15 hours per week.

In his latest View from the Agile Left, David Skalinder explains why it’s obvious that we should be working less hours, what John Maynard Keynes got wrong about the future, and why 15 – 20 hours of work a week seems about right, for hunter-gatherers and ruthless capitalists alike.

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David Skalinder

David Skalinder dreams of an agile and compelling ideology of the left; but that’s a quiet beat, so he usually reports on the nimble American right, the lumbering institutional left, and the confused frustration of everybody else on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

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