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The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable - The Atlantic
The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. They failed to anticipate that, for the poor and middle class, work would remain a necessity; but for the college-educated elite, it would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community. Call it workism.
USA  work  labour  hours  overwork  Keynes  DWYL  identity  passion  religion  healthcare  employment  millennials  debt  students  socialMedia  pay  wages  competition  welfare  freeTime  economics 
7 weeks ago by petej
Marx, labor and the problem with Kathi Weeks | The Real Movement
Marx’s own criticism of labor had nothing to do with this — he argued the laborer herself would become superfluous under the capitalist mode of production. Postone, who Weeks cites at one point, make the same point in his own book. The idea that labor and the working class itself would become superfluous — i.e., that a great mass of workers would themselves become unnecessary to the production of material wealth — never appears in Weeks’ book. The desperate demand of the working class for jobs is but a reflex of the material reality that, for the production of real wealth, it is entirely redundant.

Is there a connection between the superfluity of labor and the sudden cessation of labor’s demand for fewer hours? How would we know, since Weeks has no idea these two events meet in the Great Depression; when the overworked millions, who took to the street of Europe and the United States to demand reduction of hours of labor, were replaced by millions of unemployed workers in every advanced country, who no longer demand freedom from work but were forced to beg for work — any work, even in the defense industries where the means for their own destruction were built.
WeeksKathi  work  labour  capitalism  hours  surplusValue  Weber  workEthic  tradeUnions  Marx  jobs  employment  unemployment 
march 2018 by petej
EU migrant visas 'should be for those working antisocial hours' | UK news | The Guardian
Goodhart said: “A Brexit without a clear end to free movement in its current form is neither possible nor desirable, as it was clearly one of the biggest single factors behind the Brexit vote.

“One of the problems with freedom of movement is that it has created a new category of resident: someone who is neither a temporary visitor, such as a tourist, nor someone who is making a permanent commitment to a new country in the manner of the traditional immigrant. Many of those taking advantage of free movement in recent years have enjoyed the rights of the latter with the attitude of the former,” he said.
UK  EU  migration  work  labour  PolicyExchange  GoodhartDavid  hours  visas  Brexit  immigration  freedomOfMovement 
february 2018 by petej
For an Inclusive Culture, Try Working Less – Hacker Noon
By constraining the number of things we have to agree on, and the number of hours we have to spend agreeing on them, we naturally open ourselves to a diverse world of talented people.
work  labour  employment  organisation  culture  hours  values  diversity  business  management 
june 2017 by petej
Millennials aren’t lazy snowflakes – we just don’t expect to work for free | Abi Wilkinson | Opinion | The Guardian
And that is a genuine difference in the workplace experiences of millennials, of course – we’re statistically far more likely to be employed on zero-hours, casual or freelance terms. Sinek’s suggestion that we bounce from job to job because we’re impatient and overly demanding made me chuckle, given that most people I know who change jobs frequently don’t do so out of choice.

“If you have a new boyfriend every six months, would you really have the joy of love in a relationship?” he asks. “For six months you’ll have it. You won’t experience deep love if you change boyfriends every six months. The same goes for jobs.” I can’t help thinking that the analogy would be more accurate if the boyfriend in question were emotionally abusive, isolated you from your friends, demanded your attention at all hours of the day and then ended up being the one to dump you anyway.
jobs  employment  work  labour  hours  precarity  youth  millennials  insecurity  economy  dctagged  dc:creator=WilkinsonAbi 
february 2017 by petej
The ‘Hunt’ for surplus-value: what all ‘junior’ doctors should know about the government’s plans – Agent of History
"Forget patient safety, the government’s real goal is the privatisation of the NHS. A fundamental precondition of this is the drastic reduction of labour costs. The extension of the working day is a crucial element of this. This will have terrible effects on the lives of both doctors and, of course, the patients they diligently serve. Consultant hospital doctors and nurses know this and have been outspoken in their support for their ‘junior’ colleagues. So, don’t believe the media. The greatest threat to our health and livelihoods is not the ‘greed’ of ‘junior’ doctors, but the interests of capital that our political establishment ceaselessly promotes."
NHS  doctors  strike  HuntJeremy  privatisation  healthcare  neoliberalism  work  labour  pay  wages  value  hours 
january 2016 by petej
Why Americans Work So Much Despite Economist John Maynard Keynes's Prediction - The Atlantic
"Friedman says that reality comports more with a darker version of technological unemployment: It’s not unemployment per se, but a soft labor market in which millions of people are “desperately seeking whatever low-wage work [they] can get.” This is corroborated by a recent poll by Marketplace that found that for half of hourly workers, their top concern isn’t that they work too much but that they work too little—not, presumably, because they like their jobs so much, but because they need the money.

This explanation leaves an important question: If the very rich—the workers who have reaped above-average gains from the increased productivity since Keynes’s time—can afford to work less, why don’t they? I asked Friedman about this and he theorized that for many top earners, work is a labor of love. They are doing work they care about and are interested in, and doing more of it isn’t such a burden—it may even be a pleasure. They derive meaning from their jobs, and it is an important part of how they think of themselves. And, of course, they are compensated for it at a level that makes it worth their while."
Keynes  economics  work  labour  jobs  hours  productivity  technology  inequality  poverty  class 
january 2016 by petej
Christmas is brought to us on the back of worker exploitation | Voices | The Independent
"Many right-wing politicians and business people want us to get out of Europe because the EU gives workers a degree of protection, a fair deal and some respect. This government is determined not only to slash all state safety nets but to also make Britain into a mini United States, where workers get few holidays or basic employment rights and citizens pay for their own healthcare or die. That is the big Tory idea. They don’t put the details in their manifesto but, by stealth, European social democracy is being pushed out in favour of American social Darwinism. Is that what you want? Think about it while you spend, spend, spend over the next few days."
shopping  retail  work  labour  exploitation  hours  conditions  jobs  tradeUnions  neoliberalism  Christmas  UK  EU 
december 2015 by petej
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