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CHAPTER 9Time to Be a Citizen

PAUL LOEB

In 2002, President Bush, like his father before him, suggested that America needs more volunteers, but regretfully, he didn’t say where already overworked citizens might find the time to pitch in. True, we spend a lot of time in front of the TV, but TV viewing is more an indicator of weariness than free time. International comparisons show that annual hours spent in front of the tube correlate strongly with annual hours worked. The more a country’s people work, the more they watch TV. When you’re exhausted, it’s easier to curl up on the couch and grab the remote; it seems like considerably more effort ...

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