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This, at least, is the story he tells in his book. Much of it is persuasive, some of it overly simplistic, but nearly all of it is interesting. I wanted to know how we got to this place, if there are any real alternatives, and what, if anything, people can do about it.
In fact, in our society, often the more useful the work is, the less they pay you. Whereas bullshit jobs are often highly respected and pay well but are completely pointless, and the people doing them know this. Corporate lawyers. Most corporate lawyers secretly believe that if there were no longer any corporate lawyers, the world would probably be a better place.
The same is true of public relations consultants, telemarketers, brand managers, and countless administrative specialists who are paid to sit around, answer phones, and pretend to be useful. A lot of bullshit jobs are just manufactured middle-management positions with no real utility in the world, but they exist anyway in order to justify the careers of the people performing them.
But if they went away tomorrow, it would make no difference at all. But the truth is that a lot of people are being handed a lot of money to do nothing. A free market ought to eliminate inefficient, unnecessary jobs, and yet the reverse has happened. You expect this outcome with a Soviet-style system, where you have to have full employment so you make up jobs whether a need exists or not. We accept the idea that rich people are job creators, and the more jobs we have, the better.
Rich people throw money at people who are paid to sit around, add to their glory, and learn to see the world from the perspective of the executive class. Many of the non-bullshit jobs, the jobs that are truly useful and necessary, have been lost to automation, and the truth is that they were far more difficult and tedious than the bullshit jobs of today. Well, you could also just replace them with no jobs. Instead, we just kept inventing bullshit jobs. But what if we just accepted that technology can perform a lot of the essential tasks and just worked less?
What if we just spent more time doing what we actually want rather than sitting in [an] office pretending to work for 40 hours a week? This is the same critique Marx made in the 19th century. But this is a theory, albeit a lovely one. We should be conspiring to get rid of this. I think this system creates absurd forms of resentment where people actually resent people who have real jobs. You see this in Europe with all the austerity programs after the financial crash. There is all this talk about tightening belts, except for the guys who caused the crash. They still get their bonuses, but the ambulance drivers and the nurses and the teachers have all got to sacrifice.
The logic is insane, and it always falls on the people who are most vulnerable, who do the hard and necessary jobs. Most peasant societies worked that. The average medieval serf worked way less than we do, and the same is true of tribal societies around the world. It seems to me that you want a world in which employed rich people subsidize unemployed non-rich people — is that right?
I want a world where basic needs are provided. I simply want people to be free to decide for themselves how they want to contribute, and I obviously want fewer bullshit jobs. I think we need a paradigm shift, and I think a lot of people are slowly realizing this. Does that mean you want to burn it all down and start from scratch? You can never start from scratch, and most successful revolutionaries have deep traditions to draw on. But I do believe we have to start thinking imaginatively about systems that are fundamentally differently organized.
Shifts do happen in history. What would you have us do? We need to change what we value. I thought Occupy Wall Street might have been the beginning of something like this. People were really waking up and realizing that they wanted to do something useful, wanted to help others. They were realizing that something is wrong, that if you go into a profession like education or social services, they treat you poorly and pay you little. We need to think about how to create a new social movement and change what we value in our work and lives.
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Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one