Leisure: Too Much Is Too Little

I hope succeeding generations will be able to be idle. I hope that nine-tenths of their time will be leisure time; that they may enjoy their days, and the earth, and the beauty of this beautiful world; that they may rest by the sea and dream; that they may dance and sing, eat and drink.

—Novelist Richard Jefferies (1848-1887)

From John Stuart Mill to John Maynard Keynes, economists, as well as authors and politicians, have cherished such a Utopian vision of the abundant life. The millennium, it was always assumed, would arrive when...

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