Work will doubtless always be necessary, but hopefully reduced to a minimum. Bertrand Russell wrote that “the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organised diminution of work”. But this seems unlikely to happen while work is framed as the virtuous side of a moral dichotomy. The point of antiwork is to think of “good” human activity outside the dominant cognitive frames of market value and obedience.
This is an excellent article that really makes you think about what the traditional purpose of work has been and how it really doesn’t fit into today’s world. It’s very interesting to think about how pre-college schooling is a lot like work in that we are trained to obey our teachers and bosses, usually doing things we don’t want to do, but in fact feel like we must do. This article argues that work must be kept to a minimum, instead opting for the majority of people to participate in antiwork. Digitization and automation are helping reduce work in many ways, but what does the “minimum” amount of work look like and what type of antiwork will spring up in its place?
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