Port Truckers are a Symptom of a Rigged System

Recently, USA Today had an investigative report on port truckers, the people who bring goods from warehouses to your favorite (or least-favorite) retailer. The article is, naturally, a somewhat lengthy one but the main details concern the ways that workers (especially immigrants who speak little English) are exploited by one-sided contacts. In these contracts, workers…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 5)

Chapter 5: You are a self-organizing system As far as I can tell from my notes, this chapter starts off really interesting but then falls flat after that. The reason why it starts off so interesting is because Smart quotes Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin, for those who don’t know, is a notable anarchist communist thinker who…

Disengagement and Work

VICE News had a recent bit on millenials (that devilish demographic that shuts down any business in sight) and their lack of engagement on work. There were a few other subjects brought up but this was the main subject of the video and the one I most want to focus on for this article…which you…

Patreon Update for 6/11/17

Nick’s Notes: This was supposed to go up a week ago but I was having some WordPress issues which are now (mercifully) fixed! Patreon Update(s)/Introduction Given that I was busy with dog sitting for over a week in May, I still think I published rather frequently and made some good and varied content. I’ll be…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 3 & 4)

Chapter 3 Up until now I’ve only had some minor complaints about Smart’s attempt to scientifically justify laziness. The biggest being that he’s not giving us any citations and almost never gives references to the studies that would help prove his point. Even when he mentions certain studies he doesn’t go into their methodology, sample…

When is Work Valuable?

  It gets tiring to always argue against people’s preconceptions or ideas about work. Lots of people in the world (not necessarily incorrectly) see work as “effort”. That makes sense given that this is how people often use it. But this is complicated by the fact that people also say things like, “I’m going to…