Acton Institute Powerblog

Let’s thank American city dwellers for their workaday commute

It’s time we “salute” the large group of American workers whose average commute to their jobs in the city takes as long as 60 minutes or more. For those living in New York City, San Francisco, or Washington D.C., the commute to and from work is often burdensome. The many city dwellers who help to drive America’s economic output deserve thanks.

James Bruce, associate professor of philosophy at John Brown University and Acton University faculty member recently wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal, praising those whose daily journey to work is less than glamorous.

Bruce describes this commute for many as a “grind,” encouraging readers that their efforts are not without selfless motivation. After all, many citizens’ commutes are made to support their families, to chase a “chance for a better life,” and for you, as many people’s grueling commute to work “helps support the productivity that delivers prosperity to the country, indeed the world.”

You can read the full article here.

 

Caroline Roberts

Caroline Roberts is a managing editor at the Acton Institute and produces Acton's weekly podcast, Acton Line.