Bullshit Jobs

 
ragnarkar
 
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30 September 2019 08:12
 

https://www.strike.coop/bullshit-jobs/

Although this article is a few years old, what do you think of it? Does the author have a point that a substantial portion of the world’s population is locked up in essentially useless jobs and that both tgese people and their employers would be better off if these jobs are eliminated? The author also theorizes that Wall Street wants to have a ton of ppl in essentially useless jobs getting a fat paycheck in order to keep the current economic system stable but it’s at the expense of human progress and well being long term.

 
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30 September 2019 12:28
 
ragnarkar - 30 September 2019 08:12 AM

https://www.strike.coop/bullshit-jobs/

Although this article is a few years old, what do you think of it? Does the author have a point that a substantial portion of the world’s population is locked up in essentially useless jobs and that both tgese people and their employers would be better off if these jobs are eliminated? The author also theorizes that Wall Street wants to have a ton of ppl in essentially useless jobs getting a fat paycheck in order to keep the current economic system stable but it’s at the expense of human progress and well being long term.

Thanks for posting this interesting article.

Often such discussions come from a position that undervalues the working class, non-professional, and lesser-valued professions.  However, this author does NOT do that, but concentrates on the value of the work itself and workers’ fulfilment.  And he does this from a position of non-judgement when he points out that he “would not presume to tell someone who is convinced they are making a meaningful contribution to the world that, really, they are not”.

Capitalism has its benefits for economies and general way of life, but it will never create a system of fairness – it is the market rather than ‘actual value’ that will determine ‘worth’.  The star football player makes millions while teachers are often poorly paid; the movie star will make multiple times more than what a physician or scientist makes, etc.  And there will likely always be ‘bullshit jobs’ created by and for the super-rich.  However, I think this must be accepted, but ONLY IF workers are paid a fair and liveable wage.  Unions have often played a positive role in this regard, but have been losing power over time for difficult-to-understand reasons.  But one reason appears to be society’s lack of support for their fellow citizens, as the author points out when describing the London tube workers in a contract dispute; this seems to be a trend everywhere.

Perhaps what’s needed in part is an increase in left-wing ideology, e.g. support of unions, strong labour laws, government support of the arts, regulated corporate fiscal responsibility.  As it says in the article, “the system was never consciously designed”, but it sure could use some conscious revision.

Welcome to the forum, ragnarkar.

[ Edited: 30 September 2019 13:17 by Jan_CAN]