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I just love this.  Completely agree on the "support leisure" point.  I'm thinking of Juliet Schor who wrote about the overworked American--comparing the typical work year with that of Europeans, who supposedly work many fewer days in the year and are forced to take 4-6 vacation whether they want to or not.  Her point was that instead of getting a bigger salary/wages, we should have the option of getting more time off.  (Published somewhere in the 1990s I believe, and doesn't really take into account what I assume is the relative difficulty of actually getting one of these jobs in Europe, considering the Paris riots a while back and other such street protests, er, dancing?)


Educating women is one of the cheapest things that can be done in a developing country since teachers are paid at the local wage level and there is no need for massive development or trade policies to be put in place. There is also little scope for corruption which may be why this isn't a more popular option.

Because if women are more educated, they might start asking questions, thinking for themselves, objecting, etc.

 I don't believe there are too many people, but it is probably a matter of faith than anything else.  

You say that even with all the "make-work" jobs, there is still high unemployment.  Should we consider some of those who are priviledged to rake in some of that "excess" money in the financial sector, especially in speculation, as engaged in rather lucrative make-work, and essentially unemployed?  

by jjellin on Fri Apr 17th, 2009 at 05:34:23 PM EST

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