America may finally be climbing out of a really nasty recession, but things are hardly going back to the old "normal." The way we think about our work lives is going to change in a profound way. This has less to do with legislation - although there will be new laws and regulations - than with the kind of day to day hopes, expectations, and fears that both employers and employees take to the office, store, or factory each morning.
It has happened before. The Great Depression saw the moral and ideological collapse of an old order that no longer seemed rational, productive or democratic.
Historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Posted: September 5, 2009 06:19 PM