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Regina Pranata AHS 1000-05 Professor. Li Xing Hua Journal 3 26 February 2015 In chapter five and six of The Overworked American , Schor focuses on the work-spend cycle that has been ingrained into the majority of Americans. She explains that we work hard to make more money in order to purchase more commodities (spending money) rather than spending our productivity dividend for leisure time. Thus, we become overspent. When we become overspent we will have less money. Therefore, we have to do more work which eventually leads to overwork. In order to break this work-spend cycle, Schor proposes several solutions. She mentions that her solutions to break this work-spend cycle and create more leisure time will succeed only if government, employers, and individuals are willing to work collaboratively. Schor asserts that companies should have a standard for working hours and job- sharing, and should start to use “comp time.” She also encourages the government to make part- time jobs more feasible. Furthermore, she encourages individuals to become downshifters by
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