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Work: ask and ye shall receive?

One more thought about the persistent centrality of “work” to the 21st century economy. Kind of obvious, but it feels worth jotting down, and we are after all just a couple of days from the old Labor Day-bor.

It occurs to me this morning that, maybe, in some sense, contemporary society gets the economy that it demands. Or at least, the economy we get is powerfully shaped by what economic structures people focus on most. One of which is, most definitely, jobs.

Job creation, job creators, job growth; job losses bad; jobs added good! Job reports. The problem of joblessness. Get a job! Jobs, jobs, jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs.

Now, compare. How much is said about, say, leisure as a policy priority?

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