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Thank God it’s Thursday: The four-day workweek some want to bring to the U.S.

Redesigning the enterprise

Typically, critics of capitalism have called for redistributing the wealth it produces through higher taxes, government programs and a higher minimum wage. At least in theory, cutting working hours is another method of addressing the same problem - the unequal results of economic growth - but by reallocating time to workers, rather than money.

“For the first time since the start of last century, there’s real energy behind a politics of reducing working time,” said Peter Gowan, a policy associate at the Democracy Collaborative, a left-leaning think tank.

Publication date: 2021-03-15
Parent publication: Chron
Publisher: The Washintgon Post
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