As the world slowly gets back to work, and as many continue to work from home, I thought I’d share my thoughts on work, leisure and the Covid economy. It was prompted in part by my reading Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of The Leisure Class in which he talks of how the leisure class came into being and also about conspicuous consumption.
I look at the relevance of his theory in today’s digital age, especially under the impact of Covid-19 and also compare his views with those of Karl Marx, whose prophesy seems to be coming true in the 21st century.
I hope you enjoy listening to this edition of my Owl Wisdom Podcast and look forward to your comments. Below are a list of suggested readings and links to articles related to this podcast that you might enjoy reading.
Links for suggested reading:
The effects of COVID-19 on international labor markets: An update
Theory of The Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
Das Capital by Karl Marx
Capital in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty
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3 thoughts on “Work, Leisure and the Covid Economy: Owl Wisdom Podcast”
[…] of workers in the US and in UK lost their jobs, was not due to globalisation alone. As I have been writing recently, most of the jobs were lost thanks to technology but politicians are loth to recognize it […]
[…] digital technology has changed our sense of time, work and leisure, it is even more true of the Covid economy. Digitisation has accelerated rapidly, as many companies report that they are achieving their […]
[…] and entertainment. Think Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, about which I have written before on my blog. The wealthy classes are typically the people who have greater leisure and spend […]