Liberation from work
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Liberation from work

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Everybody tells us that more jobs are the answer to our problem, yet according to Gallop's 2013 State of the American Workplace study 70% of Americans hate their jobs. We are supposed to be the land of the free, but we are spending 40 (or 50 or 60+) hours a week doing something we hate that we would rather not do. In what sense can that be called freedom? What if jobs are not the solution to our problem? What if jobs ARE the problem? How do we work less so that we can have time for what we will while still being able to meet our basic needs? I'd like to study the work of some people who have already done a great deal of thinking on this subject like Grace Lee Boggs and Kathi Weeks, but then I'd like to try to translate those insights into concrete practical plans. At one point the 8 hour workday was considered a crazy idea. Why not a 4 hour work day without a decrease in pay? Practically speaking, what can we do to get from here to there?

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Jan 15, 2016, 2:33:34 AM
Jan 15, 2016, 2:33:34 AM
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Thomas, collectivedevelopment, Brendan
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