Calvinists and Myopic Capitalists are Wrong: Less Work Yields More Productivity!

A Calvinist saw work as divine and the more work the better. Myopic capitalists, for different reasons, agreed. For them more work means more surplus labor. But as this article briefly points out, too much work leads to less productivity. The results of Swedes transitioning to a 6 hour day has resulted in higher reports of job satisfaction, lower turnover and, higher profits.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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