‘Being homeless is better than working for Amazon’

This is an extremely familiar story. For those of you who have been following me for a while and think I’m unique. Look at this. I’m not. We are living without jobs. You can do it, too. And if enough of us opt out of employment, we will finally, FINALLY, have a chance of ending […]

“we artificially withhold food from them in order to motivate them to work”

Yes, there’s hungry people in the world, and there’s hungry people in America. It’s not for lack of food. We throw away half the food we produce. We throw away stuff that doesn’t look good enough to sit on the shelf. It just gets tossed. There’s no shortage of food. People who are hungry, they’re […]

Get on your knees and thank the Silicon Valley elites for your chance to serve them.

In his article, “The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation,” Kevin Roose highlights some tragic facts about what Silicon Valley touts as their latest and greatest so-called innovation: A huge precondition for the sharing economy has been a depressed labor market, in which lots of people are trying to fill holes in their […]

David Graeber on death by bureaucracy: “If we had a basic income, we wouldn’t need to decide who needs food and who doesn’t.”

Who are all these people — and this goes for private bureaucracies as well as public ones — sitting around watching you, telling you what your work is worth, what you’re worth, basically employing thousands of people to make us feel bad about ourselves. Just get rid of those people; just give everybody some money, […]

So, you work for The Borg, do you? An anecdote of adiophora in Silicon Valley.

At a recent party in Silicon Valley, I met a dude who worked for Palantir and was baking a pie. He said he loved his job. And he loved baking pies. “Oh, you have it all wrong,” he told me in between glances at the oven. “We don’t make surveillance equipment. We just make the […]

Thanaticism: gleefully enthusiastic suicidal capitalism

I don’t know why we still call it capitalism. […] That seems like a handy word. Thanaticism: like a fanaticism, a gleeful, overly enthusiastic will to death. The slight echo of Thatcherism is useful also. Thanaticism: a social order which subordinates the production of use values to the production of exchange value, to the point […]

Lying is the best and often also the most ethical way to get a job.

For $150, this guy bought a fake résumé & callable references in an industry he’s never worked in. And got hired: For a small fee, CareerExcuse.com promises to not only craft an elaborate lie based on your exact job specifications but to see it through for as long as necessary. The site will provide a […]