Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate
If people are committed to finding a job that allows them and their family a rest, they can. Orthodox Jews have for thousands of years, through good times and bad. Whether the gov't orders a day off or not. And it would be nice, putting those places that don't allow their workers their day of rest out of business because they can't find workers. THAT would be the way to change society. From the family out - not the government in.
There's the question I guess. Do people have enough power to make the stores/factories/businesses change? Or have the stores/factories/businesses become so powerful that they have forced the population to accept lousy work schedules, demanding hours, loss of holidays and sacrifice of religious observance b/c they feel they have no choice but to concede their lifestyles in order to have employment? I don't think the employees were the driving force that led to businesses being open all night or factories open on Sundays (or Saturdays if you prefer), etc. I suspect the driving force came from the business end of things, in the pursuit of greater profits. Can this be changed from the family out? Perhaps, but it would take a lot more unity of purpose among the employees. You can see it in religious communities b/c they do have that unity of purpose. But in the broader community, I expect it would not work out.
In any case, I wasn't suggesting the government get involved in regulating this. Back when I was a kid, stores didn't close b/c the law kept them from staying open, they closed b/c it was the norm and expected. It is true that it was expected b/c it was based on the religious tradition of the area, but it was not enforced against objection. It just was. And all I'm saying is that I miss the days when it "just was". I'll be honest and admit that I also would miss being able to go to the store and pick up milk on Sunday morning after church.
Change generally doesn't come without some cost. You gain something, but often lose something at the same time.