This is why we need to re-evaluate what we consider full time employement.
You could look at this as an argument for learning computer science, and it’s that as well. But the biggest thing here is we are ALREADY more productive then we are consumptive at 40 hours a week. We don’t need everyone in America to work 40 hours a week to expand our economy. And that means we have high un-employment. And will CONTINUE to have high unemployment.
The best thing we can do RIGHT NOW to fix that is a solution in two parts:
1) Fix labor law by a) Reducing the number of hours per week to be considered full time b) Mandating vacation hours be provided for both full and part time employees, and make sure it’s at least a month a year and c) Tightening restrictions on gaming this system by systemically giving people “just short” of full employment. Make it easy and fun to prosecute offenders.
2) Start working towards convincing people that less then 40 is ok and that being a member of a creative class that doesn’t work much is perfectly fine and noble.
Were we to play this right, we could see an explosion of creativity, science, and innovation such as has never been imagined. So much of our miracles have been created by people rich enough to not have enough to do, but with resources, so they had the time and tools to think and create. With the internet, the internet of things, desktop 3d printing and rapid prototyping, everyone can be a rich creative class. We just have to let them.
And we won’t. Because we’re collectively moronic.