Posts tagged ‘work’

Like of “The real cancel culture” by Cory Doctorow

Original post found at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/04/06/digital-phrenology/#digital-phrenology

“Cancel culture” – the prospect of permanent exclusion from your chosen profession due to some flaw – has been a fixture in blue-collar labor since the 1930s, as Nathan Newman writes in The American Prospect.

Ugh yes, these aptitude tests are the bane of my partner’s existence. I haven’t had to do one in a few years but they piss me off too. “Junk science” for sure.

Link: “If Australia’s Unions Don’t Organize Unemployed Workers, They’re Digging Their Own Graves”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/australia-labor-movement-unemployed-workers-unions/

This is suuuuch a good article about workers' struggles during the depression of the 1890s. Then, as now, there was an inclination to blame unemployed people for their own predicament, and a reluctance to acknowledge that the interests of those with jobs and those without are bettered by both groups uniting in a common struggle. Plus, the history is very interesting.

Link: “The Fight for Free Time Is a Feminist Issue”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/free-time-overwork-feminism-caregiving-workers-rights/

Caregiving is indispensable to society. Without it, “the economy” as it is typically conceived, would cease to exist. The labor of health care workers, hospice aids, and day care and childcare workers, has allowed more of us to stay alive this past year and go to work.


Fraser isn’t the first to recognize this tendency. By demanding “wages for housework,” socialist feminists in the 1970s sought not only pay for their labor in the home, but to call attention to the fact that the entire capitalist economy was free-riding on the backs of homemakers, the vast majority of whom were women. If, as was often suggested, the economy could not afford to pay for housework, the demand for wages doubled as a demand for a new kind of economy that either valued care work or abolished its necessity. As Kathi Weeks argued, “it was a reformist project with revolutionary aspirations.”

Good, if introductory, piece tying together a couple of different ways that care work is dismissed and undervalued.

Link: “The Utopian Promise of Self-Checkout Machines”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/the-utopian-promise-of-self-checkout-machines

As these futurists saw it, technology would eliminate all kinds of boring and arduous work — making life easier for human beings and freeing up labor time in the process. Today, the self-checkout machine represents the paradox of technology and automation under capitalism: the very tools that could make life simpler and more rewarding threatening workers’ livelihoods and, in many cases, actually expanding the power of bosses to surveil and mete out discipline in the interests of profit.

Reply to “Let's Imagine a Better World” by Tim Smith

Original post found at: https://timmmmy.blog/2021/02/lets-imagine-a-better-world/

Why do we accept working 40 hours a week? Why do we give employers five days of our lives, when we only get two? Why do we seem to demand democracy in politics, but not at the work place?

Why have we accepted poverty and hunger when Jeff Bezos makes $8.9 million every hour? Why do we accept capitalism when this pandemic has shown us that it’s greatest strength is creating greater inequality?

Love this. It’s truly bizarre to me that we seem to have developed this social expectation of everyone devoting themselves fanatically to their work, even defining themselves by their work, with no control over their work. That on top of the gross inequality, the environmental destruction, and so on. I’m with you, I think humanity can do much better than this.

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.