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Workism is a new word, and it’s a good one. It captures the spirit of our elites, who from childhood are raised to be workers for work’s sake. Work is their priority, their imperative, their strategy, their solution, their delight, their governing ­philosophy.

Being masters who toil, they naturally judge the people below them by their own ­self-understanding and impose and reimpose upon them, simply, work. They will have us be like them, doing work ­without higher purpose, work without end.

“Workism” was coined in February 2019 by The Atlantic’s ­Derek Thompson in a sharp essay, “Workism Is Making Americans Miserable.” Thompson has an eye for illustrative data:

In a 2018 paper on elite universities, researchers found that for women, the most important benefit of attending a selective college isn’t higher wages, but more hours at the office.
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