Andrew, I liked your piece and it certainly pointed to the fallacy of John Maynard Keynes’ prediction that citizens of advanced economies would scarcely have to work due to technological advances. But I couldn’t help thinking, is all this work necessary or is it because we’re chasing an ever higher standard of living characterized by stuff? Is it because of single parenthood, which leaves little to no time for leisure? When more time is freed up for leisure (women spend 35 percent less time on housework with the advent of dishwashers, microwaves, etc.) do we fill it with work that is even more demanding? You see how many questions your article generated in someone who loves to read history, to study our own times in comparison with earlier eras. I’d like to explore this in more depth.

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