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No More WorkWhy 'Full Employment' is a Bad Idea, or, what Happens when Work Disappears$
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James Livingston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630656

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630656.001.0001

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No More Work
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James Livingston

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630656.003.0001

Work means everything to us. For centuries — since, say, 1650 — we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labor, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating opportunities and incomes. And we’ve believed that even if it sucks, the job gives meaning, purpose, and structure to our everyday lives — at any rate we’re pretty sure that it gets us out of bed, pays the bills, makes us feel responsible, and keeps us away from daytime TV....

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