Magazine March 24, 2014, Issue

To Work Is to Live

(Hans Hansen)
The dignity of a day’s labor

Why do people work? With millions upon millions lingering in unemployment with no relief in sight, the answer may seem obvious: We work for a paycheck. But if we were to send everybody in the country — or the world — a paycheck every two weeks prorating $100,000 a year — or $100 million a year, pick your figure — people would still need to work. In fact, they would still need to work exactly as much as they do now in order to maintain our current shared standard of living.

This is not to go all reductio ad absurdum on

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

We Few, We Very Few

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2015, unveiled in late February, has set off a firestorm of outrage, and for good reason. Of course, in one ...
Politics & Policy

The Greatest

‘Even before Liston had become world heavyweight champion,” Muhammad Ali recounted in The Greatest: My Own Story, “I knew he was the fighter I would have to beat if I ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Cross Purposes

The good news coming out of the just-concluded legislative battle in Arizona is that religious freedom remains what it has been there, undiminished by Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of a ...
Politics & Policy

Oil Flowing Freely

Mexico City — ‘Although the neoliberal dogma was already forgotten in other countries, including those that imposed it decades ago,” writes Jesús Ortega, editor of a prominent Mexican left-wing magazine, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Master

Since its publication last October, Charles Krauthammer’s Things That Matter has been a runaway bestseller. As of this writing, it has spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller ...
Politics & Policy

Message Movie

In this authoritative telling of the making of Sidney Lumet’s widely admired 1976 film Network, Dave Itzkoff leaves no stone unturned. Included are endlessly detailed accounts of every stage of ...
Politics & Policy

Brick House

Contemporary Hollywood is built around projects that studio types like to describe as “pre-sold,” meaning that they have titles and stories that prospective audiences instantly recognize, and brands that require ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Seeger Singing If I were sure that more than 10 percent of National Review readers were fully aware of the range of contributions to music by Pete Seeger — his reputation ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Maybe the president should visit Alaska: He can’t quite see a credible Russia policy from his house. ‐ Following the path of least resistance, Republicans have decided on a 2014 ...
The Long View

NSA Surveillance

Document Extract: Telephone intercepts, Oval Office   10:43 Begin Extract: POTUS: “Hello?” Unidentified Female Voice: “Yes? Hello? Who is this please?” POTUS: “May I speak to Mr. Putin, please?” UFV: “Oh, no, no. Mr. Putin is ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

LEGACY Let God persuade you What it’s going to mean, How thoroughly You will be off the scene; And hand it over now: The shade you chose For the walls, your coffee maker, Climbing rose. No archive and no Velvet ...
Happy Warrior

Multiply and Be Fruitful

Last May, Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson stepped on a cultural landmine. He joked that sainted liberal economist John Maynard Keynes supported deficit spending because he was gay. Spoken by ...

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