No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea

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For centuries we've believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance--in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn't work, you didn't eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe even make something of yourself.

In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. In this book, James Livingston explains how and why Americans still cling to work as a solution rather than a problem--why it is that both liberals and conservatives announce that ''full employment'' is their goal when job creation is no longer a feasible solution for any problem, moral or economic. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world--and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.

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James Livingston, PhD, is a professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is the author of Origins of the Federal Reserve System: Money, Class, and Corporate Capitalism Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Revolution, 1850 1940 Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy: Rethinking the Politics of American History The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century and Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul.

Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the Best Voices of the Century and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

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''No More Work is, wonderfully, at once a rude book and a kind one. Livingston is bracingly impolite about the cult of capitalistic productivity, all in the service of the happiness and pleasure that could be ours if we demanded less toil from ourselves and more justice from our society.'' --Benjamin Kunkel, author of Utopia or Bust

''James Livingston's manifesto answers the question as to why Americans have such a 'fetish' with the idea of full employment and what happens when work in the United States disappears. Given the current debates about America's economic status, modern American life, and dependence on Third World labor, Livingston's new political theory poses a new self-understanding for Americans in an era of long-term unemployment.'' --Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

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