"It is the wisdom of the ostrich, say you. No, by no means -- it is the wisdom of Argus who sees everything with his hundred eyes and knows that the only thing that can oppose the spreading of a truth is the spreading of a lie."
What if what?
What if employers, acting as a class, were fully aware of the effects of overwork on efficiency, operating through the intermediate stages of fatigue and unrest? What if employers, with their all-seeing Argus eyes, sought to restrict output, as Veblen maintained, and have determined that overworking labor is a particularly advantageous (to them) way of doing so?
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