Economics/Class Relations

Post-Work: The Radical Idea of a World Without Jobs

By Andy Beckett

The Guardian

Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday life – especially in Britain and the US – more completely than at any time in recent history. An obsession with employability runs through education. Even severely disabled welfare claimants are required to be work-seekers. Corporate superstars show off their epic work schedules. “Hard-working families” are idealised by politicians. Friends pitch each other business ideas. Tech companies persuade their employees that round-the-clock work is play. Gig economy companies claim that round-the-clock work is freedom. Workers commute further, strike less, retire later. Digital technology lets work invade leisure.


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  1. People have different aptitudes and tolerances for work. Wealthy people can afford to work less, but often work more. The idea of a ‘world without work’ is facile nonsense, as wants are unlimited and means are scarce.

    I certainly do not idolize ‘hard working’ people. I might respect the discipline it involves, but I think avoiding taxes and keeping your own life your own are more important. On the other hand, most of the normie zeros in the world have no life, personality or talents to speak of so maybe doing figures in a cubicle is about as useful as they’ll ever be for the human race. I do not believe in the New Soviet Man or the Good Old Days, most places and most people have always sucked.

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