The part-time epidemic

By MARC MEWSHAW  |  July 10, 2013

But as we all learn in high-school civics classes, part of government's role in a representative democracy is to intervene when the mass pursuit of self-interest cuts against the common good. Taken far enough, "efficiency innovation" leads to a host of social ills rather than the technocratic sunset that Orwellian term conjures.

Ultimately, that's what makes Collins's bill distasteful: it accepts as a given — and thus dignifies — the view that we have no choice but to play by corporatist rules, that individuals' interests can only be protected if they align with profit motive. It smacks of surrender when what's needed is principled pushback. Because there are alternatives to half-measures: unionization, and policies that hold businesses accountable for shirking their duty of care to employees.

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