For most people of the working class, Larry Page’s recent remarks about work seemed to come from out of this world, like his pursuit of a driverless car, internet access through high-altitude balloons and research into how to prolong human life.
“People shouldn’t work as much,” Page told a recent interview with Google co-founder Sergey Brin and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla.
As the Independent quipped, that’s easy for him to say: he’s a multibillionaire.
But Page explains: “If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy — housing, security, opportunity for your kids — it’s not that hard for us to provide those things.”
He said those needs could be met without spending as much effort as we think we should.
“A lot of people aren’t happy if they don’t have anything to do, so we need to give people things to do. You need to feel like you’re needed and wanted.”
He said people should all work far less, or share their jobs with other people.
Page cited Richard Branson’s solution to unemployment in Britain: “He’s been trying to get people to hire two part-time people instead of one full-time, so at least the young people can have a half-time job rather than no job. If you have global unemployment, you just reduce work time.”
The problem is not really having more work. It seems that even if we work more, we don’t earn enough to provide for our needs and those of our family. And so if we work less, we earn even less.
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