WHAT IS OUR STANDARD OF LIVING?

We hear a great deal nowadays about the standard of living. In the United States of America, it is said, this standard is the highest in human history. Higher wages, more spending, and a wave of technological progress keep this standard of living continuously going up.

Now just what is a standard of living? What is its significance, its importance? In popular thought, the living referred to is the daily round of activity in which we are engaged. And the standard by which we measure this activity and according to which we try to shape a satisfactory way of living appears to be subject to continual change.

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