“The Skidelskys have an exalted conception of leisure. They say that the true sense of the word is ‘activity without extrinsic end’: ‘The sculptor engrossed in cutting marble, the teacher intent on imparting a difficult idea, the musician struggling with a score, a scientist exploring the mysteries of space and time â€” such people have no other aim than to do what they are doing well.’ That isnâ€™t true. Most of these people are ambitious achievers who seek recognition. And it is ridiculous to think that if people worked just 15 or 20 hours a week, they would use their leisure to cut marble or struggle with a musical score. If they lacked consumer products and services to fill up their time they would brawl, steal, overeat, drink and sleep late. English aristocrats in their heyday didnâ€™t work, but neither did they cut marble or explore the mysteries of space and time. Hunting, gambling and seduction were their preferred leisure activities.”
Working 9 to 12. â€˜How Much Is Enough?â€™ by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, by Richard Posner, NY Times, August 17, 2012
Judge Posner doesn’t have much faith in the giving side of human nature. As for these part-timers not having enough money, due to working part-time, to enjoy leisure pursuits, in that Utopia pretty much everything would free, as it should be now if we didn’t live in a world ruled by fear and greed. I’d rather sign on to a world the Skidelskys can see even if Judge Posner, for whatever collection of reasons, can’t.
This post boils down to this: Sod off, Judge Posner.