Comment: This, like most things, should be decided by free individuals

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This, like most things, should be decided by free individuals

First, I don't think it's appropriate to set ANY amount of time as a "standard work week". Let free people decide how many hours they'd like to work and let free employers decide how many hours they'd like to hire.

Second, increased efficiency and technology definitely could allow us to have the same amount of stuff with less work...OR...we could have much more (and better) stuff with the same or more work. Think of it this way: as the amount of stuff we can produce each hour increases and that stuff gets better over time, the "cost" of free-time (in terms of the goods we sacrifice by not working) gets more expensive.

Weighing the cost/benefit of free-time is entirely an individual matter, as we all value free-time and goods differently.