Re: Fix unemployment (was: Re: Hollywood Economics)

Scott Badger (
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 20:47:34 -0500

From: den Otter <> Date: Thursday, September 03, 1998 6:37 AM

>The main problem is, that most people have been brainwashed into
>believing the idea that one needs work to have dignity and a "meaningful"
>life. This once useful meme now often slows down automation, which is
>obviously bad. Also, it is a sad fact that many people are so shallow that
>when forced (by unemployment) to spent more time together, many couples
>brake up within a couple of months (recently there had been a study
>of laid-off German factory workers that showed a divorce rate of 50%
>or so after a relatively short period at home. Quite shocking, IMO).

That's the average rate here in America, hence not so shocking. I haven't seen any figures on divorce rates among the recently unemployed but I'll bet it's even lower.