Anti-Work is for Dreamers: A Response to William Nava (Part 1/2)

Nick’s Notes: If you haven’t read William’s critiques yet, make sure you do that first! I’ll separate my response into two parts as William does with his critiques. The first part will revolve chiefly around “aspiration culture” as William calls it and automation. The second part will center around the meaning of work, suffering and character building…

Should a Post-Work World be Modeled on Hunter Gatherers?

A lot of anti-work folks like using various statistics about hunter gatherer societies or medieval societies that relied on a lot less “work” to function. But considering work itself and what it means is an important starting point because based on my experience with work-related studies, many studies use different (mutually-exclusive) definitions. For instance, I’ve…

Reflections on Len Bracken’s “Aphorisms Against Work”

Len Bracken is an interesting fellow. Bracken is something of a conspiracy theorist who digs the situationists, is anti-work and wants to reclaim conspiracies for the left. Conspiracy theories aren’t really my thing and I’m not so much interested (for now) in the situationists. But Bracken’s insistence on the importance of refusing and resisting work…

Excerpts From and Analysis of “A Conversation With Kathi Weeks” (Viewpoint Magazine)

I’ve never read Viewpoint Magazine before and honestly, this interview didn’t leave with much of a solid impression. The text often relied on previous knowledge of certain thinkers, it used a lot of jargon (particularly Marxist jargon) and spoke with the confidence of someone who expects to be understood, yet isn’t saying much. As such,…