In Praise of Leisure
- "Imagine a world in which most people worked only 15 hours a week. They would be paid as much as, or even more than, they now are, because the fruits of their labor would be distributed more evenly across society. Leisure would occupy far more of their waking hours than work. It was exactly this prospect that John Maynard Keynes conjured up in a little essay published in 1930 called 'Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren
.' Its thesis was simple. As technological progress made possible an increase in the output of goods per hour worked, people would have to work less and less to satisfy their needs, until in the end they would have to work hardly at all... He thought this condition might be reached in about 100 years — that is, by 2030." (via
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posted by kliuless
on Jun 22, 2012 -
How does your country measure up as a place to raise kids?
It turns out that growing up in the UK is a bleaker experience than in any other wealthy country.
UNICEF studied all the wealthiest nations (full report PDF here
), and the US and UK came in at the bottom on almost all indicators (material wellbeing, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and the subjective feelings of kids and teens themselves ). Doing best for kids were the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. It turns out that GDP and material wealth alone does not ensure healthier or happier or more well-educated kids--the Czech Republic scored very well despite being one of the poorest nations surveyed.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 15, 2007 -
UK politics filter: WriteToThem.com
tells you who your MP, MEPs, MSPs, and Welsh and London Assembly members are, and will send letters to them on your behalf. All you need is your postcode. It's a service of MySociety.org
, the charity behind PledgeBank
, where you can promise to do something worthwhile if other people join in (last seen here in June
— please sign up to save Christopher Robbin
). The charity's latest project, HearFromYourMP.com
, lobbies MPs to provide regular email updates to their constituents, like this one
posted by londonmark
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Are you "e-fluential"?
It's possible you are without even knowing it--you never know who might be listening in
. While I don't find all gadget/soft drink/product discussions insidious, it does seem like they pop up pretty regularly. Has anyone here been contacted?
Or are these companies (and others like them) just targeting product-oriented boards?
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Oct 30, 2002 -