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Nov 28, 2014
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Review: The shirk ethic – a user’s guide

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By Martin Langfield

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Work can be seen as a blessing or a curse. In his book “Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance,” Swedish sociologist Roland Paulsen examines people who take mostly the latter view, asking how and why they shirk, and whether it’s always a bad thing. His study of idleness on the job is enlightening, amusing and sad.

Nov 14, 2014
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Review: Through a distorting mirror, darkly

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By Martin Langfield

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

William Gibson’s new novel “The Peripheral” paints future worlds that are built of present fears writ large. Trading algorithms not only roil financial markets, they hunt in packs and travel in time. Nanotech eats people. Money corrupts and spies surveil even more than now. Human decency, though, has at least a fighting chance.

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      "I joined Reuters in 1987 and have worked as a correspondent and bureau chief in El Salvador, Mexico, Miami and New York, with shorter spells in London, Madrid, Peru, Cuba, Chile and Nicaragua. I currently work with the Reuters Breakingviews commentary team in New York."
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