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Workism Is Making Americans Miserable
For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.
- Derek Thompson
- The Atlantic
In his 1930 essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek in the 21st century, creating the equivalent of a five-day weekend.
“For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem,” Keynes wrote, “how to occupy the leisure.”
This became a popular view. In a 1957 article in The New York Times, the writer Erik Barnouw predicted that, as…