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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Could a 16 Hour Work Week Save Civilization?

The question is:  If Americans wanted to retain compensation and employment gains between 1987 and 2009, how long would the average American be required to work each week?  Answer:  16 Hours.

I was a little reticent to publish this one at first, since it does rather smack of classical Libertarianism (i.e., in the sense of being concerned with "free" time, ergo "liberty"). 

But then I thought, "What the Hell?"  It's only a thought.  If I give the reader access to all the underlying data they could do whatever they wanted with it and make their own decisons.

Would you spend more time at Church?  The average employed American only seems to spend about 45 minutes per week on religious activities.  Imagine how many more God points you could rack up if you had another 23 to play with?

Would you take courses in civics or constitutional history?  Again, the current weekly average spent on education is only 38 minutes, supposedly.  You could probably get a doctorate in the subject in a couple of years.

Then again, maybe that's not your bag.  Maybe you're a non-sectarian family type.  If so, you're only spending a little more than 4 hours per week on year nearest and dearest.  Aren't they worth at least 10?  The numbers suggest you can easily spare them--if you're willing to plan properly.

What's YOUR personal priority?

1 comment:

  1. You make a fantastic point! I have so much to say about this that I don't know where to begin. I'll leave it at this: These surpluses belong to the ruling class, not to us. That is why the recession is a problem rather than a vacation.

    And also: take back your world. Work as little as possible for the corporate economy and buy as little as possible from the corporate economy. Put your efforts into directly providing for yourself and your circle. We live in a world run by middlemen. Cut them out of the equation and starve them out of their ivory towers.