Had my attention drawn to an old paper on the history of the Industrial Revolution, The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution, by Jan de Vries.. The author suggests some interesting parallels. I'll quote: He then describes a process of moving away from this situation, towards more "family time". But about a century later things changed again: The idea is usually that social transformations are irreversible, which is a variation on the old myth of progress. But history does repeat itself with variations, especially the history of society, of human problems and preferences. It seems to me that we reached (again?) a peak commercialization of life, with the attendant personal disorganization of people's lives, manifest through the evidence of falling birth rates as more people just don't feel able to have families and care for children. It is too expensive, they don't have the time, etc. Is not the so-called "sharing economy", that deceitful name for the unregulated capitalism exploiting falsely "self-employed" labour, a new form of the household industry of the beginning of the industrial revolution? The social reaction against the dislocation caused by the earlier industrial revolution took various forms: religion, labour unionism, socialism, conservatism, etc. And ultimately did change it substantially. Are we replaying the industrial revolution, socially? If so, are we now starting to replay also the reaction, the move away from commercialization of everything because not everything that makes for a quality life can be be bought or sold? What reaction then? The 19th century one was a conservative one mostly... I guess that the reaction now may have started back in the late 1970s, with the popularization of the "new age" stuff about "self-improvement" among those with the resources to play those games. But it was a tiny minority, mostly it seemed to affect upper-middle classes. Now the feeling of social malaise seems widespread, enough that it has an impact on power politics and law. And the consequences won't be mere individual escapism new-age style.