In a 1993 interview with The Washington Post, about the time the Clinton health care plan was being formulated and the thesis was being sealed, the first lady characterized her college writing as an argument against big government, supporting Alinsky's criticism of the War on Poverty programs. “I basically argued that he was right,” she told the newspaper. “Even at that early stage I was against all these people who come up with these big government programs that were more supportive of bureaucracies than actually helpful to people. You know, I've been on this kick for 25 years.”
Sahlins' argument partly relies on studies undertaken by McCarthy and McArthur in Arnhem Land , and by Richard Borshay Lee among the !Kung. These studies show that hunter-gatherers need only work about fifteen to twenty hours a week in order to survive and may devote the rest of their time to leisure.  Lee did not include food preparation time in his study, arguing that "work" should be defined as the time spent gathering enough food for sustenance.  When total time spent on food acquisition, processing, and cooking was added together, the estimate per week was hours for men and hours for women, but Lee added that this is still less than the total hours spent on work and housework in many modern Western households.