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CHAPTER 8Wasted Work, Wasted Time


Jonathan Rowe is one of the most original thinkers in America today. His insights shine a light on our society that is refreshingly unique and penetrates far more deeply than most of our popular pundits. I first got a glimpse of his thinking when I read “If the Economy is Up, Why is America Down?” an article in the October, 1995 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. In the article, Jon and coauthors, Ted Halstead and Charles Cobb, Jr., dissected that demigod of progress, the Gross Domestic Product or GDP. They showed conclusively that the GDP is anything but a measure of real economic and social health, ...

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