Timmy Elsewhere

At the ASI.

Applauding the advance of liberty in France: the abolishment of the 35 hour work week.

4 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere”

  1. Abolishment? Wrassle?

    You’ve been at the Mateus haven’t you? (Or does possession of that stuff in Portugal count as a crime against humanity?).

    Tim adds: Ah, no, in matters of vinho verde we take Quinta de Aveleda here. Same result perhaps, but less social embarrassment.

  2. “Applauding the advance of liberty”

    Abolishing the 35 hour week is obviously the greatest victory for liberty, ever !11!

    It is good to know that you have your priorities straight.

  3. “Abolishing the 35 hour week is obviously the greatest victory for liberty, ever !11!”

    It’s pretty important. The right to work longer to bring in more money. If you can’t, your time isn’t yours. That’s a working definition of slavery.

    But of course, I forget: you have a much better idea of how much money someone needs, and for how much time they should work. We bow before the superior wisdom of the People’s Committee For the Optimal Work Life Balance.

  4. Though a “standard” work week in the US is 40 hrs. and there is no arbitrary work-week limit (other than various laws concerning overtime pay), figures from the IRS over at JJ Ray’s site
    dealing with comparative standard of living (US 2007 vs US 1950) claim that the average time spent working in the US is slightly under 30 hrs today vs 36.5 ‘way back when. But, even further, the figures showed that the total (non-sleeping) hours occupied with non-tedious activity (leisure, in other words–stuff other than working, commuting, doing housework, etc.) have grown from 28 to a bit over 50 hours.

    But there are even more ways in which life–and even life potentials–have grown enormously in that time. In the main, it’s that quite a few of the tech and even social changes of the interim period have developed in (at least some) of the sanest and most desirable of ways. Those who were merely good, industrious, or efficient (or combination thereof) have been impacted most favorably–enabling them to get more (and more important things) done, to contribute more mightily to the lives of others, and to render their own lives (and those of their families) so much fuller and more agreeable that former times seem like “Dark Ages” by any carefully-thought comparison.

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