Has the "American Dream" become an unrealistic utopian fantasy, or have we simply forgotten what we are working for? In his topical audiobook, Free Time, Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt examines the way that progress, once defined as more of the good things in life as well as more free time to enjoy them, has come to be understood only as economic growth and more work, forevermore. Hunnicutt provides an incisive intellectual, cultural, and political history of the original "American Dream" from the colonial days to the present.
Taking his cue from Walt Whitman's "higher progress," he follows the traces of that dream, cataloguing the myriad voices that prepared for and lived in an opening "realm of freedom." Free Time reminds Americans of the forgotten, best part of the "American Dream" - that more and more of our lives might be lived freely, with an enriching family life, with more time to enjoy nature, friendship, and the adventures of the mind and of the spirit. Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt is a Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Iowa.
He is also the author of Kellogg's Six-Hour Day and Work Without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours for the Right to Work (both Temple).
I'll be thinking about things I heard here every day for a long time.
Very well written and narrated. I hope my followers find the time to listen to this audio if they believe in revitalizing ideologies of leisure.
Historical coverage and very relevant comparisons given to contemporary materialism with its endless production of more stuff -- wherein insistent demands are made on the work slave's time.