When lunch breaks disappear, where do they go?

16 Jul

It’s a truism that anything on the verge of extinction winds up in a museum. So, naturally, now that lunch breaks are becoming a thing of the past, the New York Public Library is convening an exhibit onlunch breaks.

4 Responses to “When lunch breaks disappear, where do they go?”

  1. Benedict@Large July 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    You may be interested:
    John B. Taylor: The Road to Recovery (City Journal)
    As Hayek taught, freedom and the rule of law drive prosperity.
    “His article is adapted from the 2012 Friedrich Hayek Lecture, which he delivered on winning the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize.”


  2. Cavoyo July 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    These ads expose a central contradiction in capitalism: the need for workers to work long cheap hours against the need for workers to buy as much as possible. Of course, what might be good for the capitalist class might also be bad for an individual capitalist. Given how much they agitate for more lunch breaks, I wonder if Mcdonald’s will give its employees more time off to eat.


  1. Lunch Break Utopia (Cont.) « Corey Robin - July 27, 2012

    […] with my series on the ever-disappearing lunch break, we get this (h/t Derek […]

  2. Labor Day Readings | Corey Robin - September 1, 2014

    […] One of the basic themes of this blog, and which Rick referred to in his interview, is about employers controlling the bodily functions of their employees. Sometimes employers are trying to prohibit workers from going to the bathroom; other times, they’re trying to force them to go to the bathroom. Employers are also obsessed with when workers get to eat. Goodbye to the lunch break. […]

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