The Job/The Employment (An Animated Short)

(Nick’s notes, taken from here) The description in English: “Employment” is a short animation that denounces the dehumanization of workers and passivity with which we subject ourselves as a society to live a routine that adds nothing to our happiness is not exactly helpful to the world around us. The illusion that we are free, we…

Hard Work as Tradition

There’s a picture from the Facebook page (which I usually like) called Humans of New York which you can see above and has the quote that I put in the description. But just in case anyone has any trouble reading it: My grandfather helped raise me because my father wasn’t around. One day, after I got…

Time and the Machine, by Aldous Huxley

(Nick’s Notes: Taken from here. This brief writing by Huxley is not explicitly anti-work but it has some useful and interesting commentary on how work and time cooperate with each other to reinforce a lack of interest in anything else.)   Time, as we know it, is a very recent invention. The modern time-sense is…

“Let’s Destroy Work” by Alfred M. Bonnano

(Nick’s Notes: Taken from here, this is the first chapter and more may come as time goes on) Work is a subject that is coming back into fashion in a big way in newspapers, academic lectures, papal sermons, electoral speeches and even articles and pamphlets produced by anarchists. The main questions raised are: what can…

Life as Accountancy

There’s an interesting conceptual framing in the introduction to Let’s Destroy Work, Let’s Destroy the Economy which is written by Alfred M. Bonanno with the introduction itself done by Jean Weir. Indeed, there are many good things to glean from the introduction (and quite a few more question-begging things) but this in particular struck me: The…

The Revolution of Everyday Life, Chapter Five: The Decline and Fall of Work by Rauol Vaneigem

(Nick’s Notes: Taken from here.) The duty to produce alienates the passion for creation. Productive labour is part and parcel of the technology of law and order. The working day grows shorter as the empire of conditioning extends. In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an…