Friday, January 25, 2013

The era before 'job killing regulations'

I'm currently reading the fascinating book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I can  not recommend it highly enough.

A passage describes working conditions in the garment factories of New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It was incredibly hard and often miserable labor. The conditions were inhuman. One survey in the 1890s put the average workweek at eighty-four hours, which comes totwelve hours a day. At times, it was higher. “During the busy season,” David Von Drehle writes in Triangle: The Fire That Changed Amierca, “it was not unusual to find workers on stools or broken chairs, bent over their sewing or hot irons, from 5 a.m"

Boy, I really long for the good old days before 'big government' imposed 'job killing regulations.' Sounds like a real paradise lost.

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