petej + flexibility   98

Labour’s Brexit Policy |
To sum up – I started with three simple rival ‘narratives’ of Labour’s underlying position on Brexit. I’ve articulated my own interpretation of Labour’s position, which implies that all of these narratives have something to them. In my view, Labour’s preferred Brexit outcome involves significant breaks with existing EU governance rules. The leadership wants those breaks to be in the area of neoliberal constraints on socialist policy-making; much of the PLP wants those breaks to be in the area of freedom of movement. In a scenario where Labour is in government without the Brexit deal having been concluded, those two categories of negotiating priority will be in tension. Nevertheless, the tension between those two categories of negotiating priority is (I would argue) not as fundamental as the tension between some of the Conservatives’ commitments. Moreover, unlike the Conservatives, Labour have been quite careful not to articulate any commitments that cannot be backed down from towards greater compatibility with existing EU rules. Thus in a scenario in which Labour were negotiating with the EU, I would expect Labour to make an effort to achieve a set of concessions around EU rules, and if those concessions could not be achieved, to capitulate in the direction of a more liberal existing-EU-institutions-aligned position.
UK  EU  Brexit  politics  LabourParty  Remain  Leave  trade  economy  Bennism  Euroscepticism  immigration  borders  freedomOfMovement  customsUnion  singleMarket  ambiguity  tactics  flexibility  ToryParty  redLines  negotiations  strategy 
10 weeks ago by petej
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption | WIRED
It is only now, a decade after the financial crisis, that the American public seems to appreciate that what we thought was disruption worked more like extraction—of our data, our attention, our time, our creativity, our content, our DNA, our homes, our cities, our relationships. The tech visionaries’ predictions did not usher us into the future, but rather a future where they are kings.

They promised the open web, we got walled gardens. They promised individual liberty, then broke democracy—and now they’ve appointed themselves the right men to fix it.
SiliconValley  technology  disruption  business  Darwinism  surveillanceCapitalism  flexibility  precarity  innovation  exceptionalism 
october 2018 by petej
Some praise our gig economy flexibility. I call it exploitation | Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian
Language matters. There was a time when these trends would have been described as casualisation or exploitation. They would have been seen as symbolic of a one-sided labour market in which the deck was stacked in favour of employers. These days, though, it is evidence of “flexibility”, and who could object to that?
gigEconomy  zeroHours  underemployment  self-employment  casualisation  exploitation  employment  flexibility  deregulation  pay  wages  interestRates  dctagged  dc:creator=ElliottLarry 
april 2018 by petej
Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers' | Technology | The Guardian
"Staff should embrace the gig economy"... "where workers support themselves through a variety of flexible jobs acquired through online platforms"

So: embrace miserable wages, no sick pay, no holiday pay, no pension, no way of convincing a landlord you're an OK prospect as a long-term tenant. Embrace waking up and reaching for your mobile wondering whether you've got any chance of paid work today or not.

And "job losses must be handled sensitively".

That's OK then
automation  gigEconomy  publicSector  publicServices  employment  jobs  work  labour  insecurity  flexibility  precarity  UK  economics 
february 2017 by petej
Anxious Resilience | Mute
"Resilience is thus presented as a key way of subjectively working through the uncertainty and instability of contemporary capital. The neoliberal subject can ‘achieve balance’ across the several insecure and part-time jobs they have, can ‘overcome life’s hurdles’ such as facing retirement without any pension to speak of, and just ‘bounce back from whatever life throws at us’, whether it be the collapse of welfare systems or global economic meltdown. The policing of the resilient citizen coincides with the socio-economic fabrication of resilient yet flexible labour. Neoliberal citizenship is nothing if not a training in resilience.

All of which is to say that anxiety and resilience are now core to the jargon of neoliberal authenticity.12 Superficially, such jargon is full of ‘recognition’ for the complexities of human experience (‘of course you are anxious’; ‘we all share the same fears’; ‘it’s only natural to be anxious’), but this merely encourages the naturalisation of a neoliberal subjectivity mobilised for security and capital: the jargon of neoliberal authenticity is the jargon of neoliberal authoritarianism. This is police power at its most profound, shaping subjectivity and fabricating order through counselors within police departments, therapists within the community, psychologists in the media, and experts working in the cultural field, all offering advice on our anxieties and coaching us in our resilience. And it is a police power par excellence in closing down alternate possibilities: we can be anxious about what might happen, but our response must be resilience training, not political struggle. We can be collectively anxious and structurally resilient, but not mobilised politically."
neoliberalism  anxiety  stress  resilience  authoritarianism  subjectivity  flexibility 
september 2016 by petej
Does the UK really need 'wealth creators' and 'hardworking people'? | openDemocracy
"But there are no guarantees. The final cataclysmic moment of destruction may never arrive – as Walter Benjamin put it: “That things ‘just go on’ is the catastrophe. It is not that which is approaching but that which is.” But the first step in facing up to that catastrophe is to recognise it for what it is, with no illusions. Because it is not the radical left who are “unrealistic”. Rather it is the social democrats who refuse to acknowledge what is staring them in the face, who continue to ignore history, insisting instead that moral appeals can bring about a return to a “fairer” capitalism that never really existed."
politics  economics  ideology  work  labour  capitalism  postFordism  post-industrialism  services  globalisation  bullshitJobs  identity  alienation  flexibility  precarity  property  homeOwnership  rightToBuy  housing  UK  economy 
august 2015 by petej
« earlier      
per page:    204080120160

related tags

academia  acceleratedDegrees  activism  adaptation  affectiveLabour  affordability  age  agencies  Airbnb  algorithms  alienation  Amazon  ambiguity  anarchism  anxiety  Apple  architecture  Article50  artificialIntelligence  assessment  austerity  authenticity  authoritarianism  automation  autonomy  bailout  banking  BankOfEngland  banks  BearStearns  benefits  Bennism  BlaBlaCar  bonuses  borders  Bourdieu  branding  Brexit  bullshitJobs  business  capitalism  care  casualisation  CGT  change  cities  class  cleaning  cloudComputing  co-working  coercion  commodification  communication  community  competition  computers  computing  conditions  control  cooperation  CorbynJeremy  CouplandDouglas  couriers  crash  creativity  creditCrunch  crisis  culture  Cupertino  customsUnion  cuts  DarlingAlistair  Darwinism  dc:creator=ButlerJames  dc:creator=CadwalladrCarole  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya  dc:creator=ElliottLarry  dc:creator=HallRichard  dc:creator=HarrisJohn  dc:creator=HorningRob  dc:creator=JamesRobin  dc:creator=JonesOwen  dc:creator=MasonPaul  dc:creator=MeadwayJames  dc:creator=MilibandEd  dc:creator=MolJoeri  dc:creator=OrrDeborah  dc:creator=StandingGuy  dc:creator=TokumitsuMiya  dctagged  debt  deficit  degrees  deindustrialisation  Deleuze  Deliveroo  deregulation  deserving  design  discipline  discretion  disruption  division  DPD  duration  DWYL  economics  economy  edtech  education  election  email  employability  employees  employment  entrepreneurs  EU  Euro2016  EuropeanParliament  Euroscepticism  exceptionalism  exclusion  exploitation  extension  Facebook  feedback  fees  FieldFrank  finance  financialisation  Fiverr  flexibility  flooding  Fordism  FoucaultMichel  France  freedomOfMovement  freelancing  funding  gamification  generalElection  gigEconomy  globalisation  Google  graduates  Greece  growth  Handy  health  Hermes  hierarchy  higherEducation  HindsDamian  home  homeOwnership  homeworking  honesty  hot-desking  hours  housework  housing  hyperconnectivity  identity  ideology  immaterialLabour  immigration  incentivisation  independence  indignados  industrialStrategy  inequality  informationTechnology  innovation  insecurity  interestRates  Internet  InternetOfThings  interns  internships  intransigence  investment  isolation  IWGB  jobs  JohnsonJo  labour  LabourParty  lateCapitalism  law  learning  Leave  legitimacy  LehmanBrothers  leisure  liberalism  liquidity  livingStandards  LoiTravail  loneliness  LordonFrederic  Lyft  management  managerialism  marketisation  markets  Marx  MayTheresa  McCluskeyLen  membership  MenloPark  mentalHealth  metrics  Microsoft  middleClass  mobile  mobilePhones  mobility  monitoring  morale  mortgages  motivation  MountainView  music  nation-state  nationalisation  negotiations  neofascism  neoliberalism  networks  NewLabour  noConfidence  NorthernRock  obfuscation  Office365  offices  openness  openPlan  OsborneGeorge  overwork  p2p  PAH  PaloAlto  Panopticon  part-time  passion  pay  pensions  PeoplesVote  performance  personalData  platformCapitalism  polarisation  politics  populism  post-capitalism  post-industrialism  postFordism  poverty  power  precaity  precariat  precarity  prejudice  privacy  private  productivity  programming  property  protest  psychology  public  publicInterest  publicSector  publicServices  publicSpending  punishment  quantitativeEasing  quotas  race  radicalism  ranking  rating  RBS  recession  recruitment  redLines  referendum  regulation  Remain  renting  report  resilience  resistance  retail  retention  rights  rightToBuy  rigidity  risk  Rugeley  schools  secularCrisis  sel-employment  self-employment  SennettRichard  services  shares  sharing  sharingEconomy  sickness  SiliconValley  singleMarket  skills  skivers  slides  slideshare  socialMedia  socialMovements  socialWork  software  Spain  speech  stagnation  strategy  stress  strike  strikes  strivers  subjectivity  suburban  surgePricing  surveillance  surveillanceCapitalism  tactics  Taskrabbit  taxAvoidance  taxis  Taylorism  TaylorMatthew  teachers  teaching  technology  TheEconomist  tools  ToryParty  tracking  trade  tradeUnion  tradeUnions  transparency  transport  tuitionFees  TuskDonald  Uber  UCU  UK  underemployment  undeserving  unemployment  Unison  Unite  universities  unpaidLabour  unpaidWork  unwagedLabour  urban  USA  VaizeyEd  wages  Wakefield  warehouse  welfare  WeLive  wellbeing  WeWork  withdrawalAgreement  women  Woolworths  work  work-life-balance  workfare  workLifeBalance  workplace  workspace  workspaces  youth  zeroHours 

Copy this bookmark: