David Graeber Interview ‘So Many People Spend Their Working Lives Doing Jobs They Think Are Unnecessary’

David Graeber Interview: ‘So Many People Spend Their Working Lives Doing Jobs They Think Are Unnecessary’

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  • Author: [[theguardian.com]]
  • Full Title: David Graeber Interview: ‘So Many People Spend Their Working Lives Doing Jobs They Think Are Unnecessary’
  • Category: #articles
  • URL: www.theguardian.com/books/201…

Highlights

  • Graeber’s argument is similar to one he made in a 2013 article called “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”, in which he argued that, in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the end of the century technology would have advanced sufficiently that in countries such as the UK and the US we’d be on 15-hour weeks. “In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. Huge swaths of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they believe to be unnecessary. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.”

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