The Problem of Economic Autor-ity

I’ll never apologize for tasteless puns. But for the record, even I thought this pun was a bad one. It’s a mix of Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority (a wonderful book I’ve reviewed on C4SS here and here) and the subject of today’s article: economist Michael Autor. More specifically, Autor’s recent thoughts from a TED talk he did…

Do We Need Work to Structure Our Days?

There’s a lot of ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “work”. By now I’ve concluded rather strongly that most people have a different sense of the word than I do. But that’s OK given that I don’t think anarchism is synonymous with chaos, or that capitalism is synonymous with free markets or that polyamory…

Patreon Update for 7/7/16

This update will be slightly shorter than usual partially because June had far less content than I usually go for due to a mix of looking for a job, Porcfest, having strep throat and other writings taking up my time. I hope to make up for that in July but with a job and some…

What Does it Mean to Play a Game?

One of the main ways that anti-work advocates sometimes envision an alternative world is the broadening of games. Why so? Largely because games are by definition voluntary, done for their own sake and involve the active and enthusiastic participation of all involved. The consequences are sometimes (though not always) trivial and thus more flexibility can…