CNN: Americans 'work more than medieval peasants'
Americans work hard for their money. Too hard, according to CNN. Even worse than even grovelling medieval peasants scratching the land to survive.
That conclusion came from reporter Polly Labarre of CNNâs âIn the Money.â In the June 9 broadcast, Labarre argued that Americans are working too much, using her âfavorite comparisonâ to explain âwe work more than medieval peasants used to work.â
She didnât provide a source, but she certainly had a solution to our âwork cultureâ â more vacation, even government-mandated vacation. âThe bigger problem is, weâre a country with no mandated paid vacation, whereas the European Union has a floor of 20 days.â She added that âvacation champs like
Although host Christine Romans urged that we âcompare GDPsâ to show which country has a better economy, Labarre didnât back off. She switched her comparison then to
The âpeasantâ claim has grown common in media outlets and has been circulated by the âTake Back Your Timeâ movement. At the groupâs Web site, visitors can even buy a poster proclaiming peasants had it better.
National Coordinator John de Graaf has been on a mission to reduce American work hours. In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune in April 2007, he claimed that âfor vacation to do its work ... (studies show) you usually need at least two weeks.â
But neither de Graaf nor his organization provided a basis for the idea that peasants worked less than Americans do now.