Whatever happened to the leisure society?

According to a new report, society would benefit if the working week was reduced to 21 hours, writes Eddie Ford. Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees

In the 1950s we were promised that the ‘leisure society’ was just round the corner. Full of the spirit of official optimism, assorted sociologists, economists, futurologists, etc confidently told us that the relentless march of technology and progress would inevitably lead to a decrease in the working day. In particular, there would be such an explosion in technology and productivity that a whole new army of revolutionary domestic gadgets and appliances would free us up to spend vastly more time engaging in relaxing and unstressful activities (like shopping and watching television). There would even be robots to do the cleaning for us and maybe holidays on the moon.

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Letters

No cuts; Three-year ban; Rare commodity; Class reality; Draft comments; Dictatorial; Not serious; Resigned to what?; Chomsky tower; Coalescing

Debating solidarity

Chris Strafford reports Manchester Hopi action

Operation Moshtarak and the battle for Marjah

Jim Moody notes that the world hardly looks to be a safer place as a result of Nato intervention

It costs money

Robbie Rix wants readers to more than double last week's total

'Reformist' confusion stunts opposition protests

Yassamine Mather reports on the February 11 Revolution Day celebrations

Who will build the nation?

Alan Fox reviews Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' (on general release)

Establishment impotence fuels climate denial

Capitalism and sustainability do not mix, says James Turley

When the sweets were taken away

Craig Wilson reviews David Douglass's The wheel's still in spin : Read and Noir : 2009, pp466, £12.95

Debating with left nationalists

This Convention does not take forward a project of principled left unity in any way, writes Nick Rogers

Left Platform throws in the towel

Following the departure of John Rees, Lindsey German and all their supporters from the Socialist Workers Party, lessons must be learnt, says Peter Manson

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