Jack Saturday

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 129

A relatively small percentage of people, whom I call the coordinator class, primarily do work that increases their self-confidence and gives them a fair amount of control over their own work lives. The majority of people, the working class, do work that is deadening, disempowering, and sometimes even dangerous - not to mention commonly smashing their self-confidence, and essentially never increasing it.

Yes, being working class is sometimes physically damaging and even dangerous. But working-class work is very nearly always unhealthy for one's soul. Even if being a member of the working class doesn't actually harm you emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and/or intellectually (which is unlikely, as it usually does harm you), it never builds you up in any of these ways.

Why is that? It's not the physical nature of the work, not really. Maybe 20% of it is that. The majority of it is simply the nature of the working-class role itself. You're treated like a tool, in fact worse than a tool, because it's impossible to in any way abuse, say, a hammer. But people can be very much abused, and the working class is - not just routinely, but systematically.

To the capitalists who own the workplaces and the coordinators who run them, it's important never to let the workers be more than they are. They must be chopped down and set against one another at every opportunity, lest control of the workplace be eventually lost to them. This has a horrible effect on workers' psyches. And what does the emotionally abused worker do when she or he goes home? Alcoholism, substance abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, even abuse of pets - all these issues intersect with issues of workers' rights.
Fundamental Workers' Rights
By Eric Patton
Z-Net Commentary
April 17, 2007


  • Jack Saturday, why do you keep doing this I am the only one reading. Im glad you do, but as I said, which I couldn't find again did you delete me, go on other blogs and just drop your url in there and people will come.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:47 PM  

  • I keep doing this for you, I'm glad you find value in it.

    I'm working full time on a huge audio archive on tape which I've been digitalizing, not spending time on promoting this blog. Once I start my series of Podcasts, my contribution will find its audience.

    I didn't delete anything you posted, must have been a technical glitch. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 8:55 AM  

  • while i do agree with you this is a sad commentary on out society.
    work should do more than give you a pay check. it is sad that work is de individualized and conformity and mediocrity is stressed.
    you need a strong core center or you need to create your own work and become self employed.

    By Blogger Marcia, Your Confidence Coach, at 2:30 PM  

  • Hi Marcia--

    How to get a living in this jungle? My research shows that commodity labor (selling yourself to a master) is not a matter of necessity anymore—hasn’t been for decades--industrial technology has replaced the need for most human labor, but we live in a silly centuries-old political/economic game that has not yet taken this into account.

    I'm all for doing what you can for yourself on the sinking ship, but all that's needed to right Spaceship Earth and make it a luxury liner for us all, is to agree that, since there is an abundance produced my machines, we have a right to a living without selling our days. We have a right to "develop our capacities" (the goal of democratic theory). Giving people a chance this way would unblock the evolutionary step this race is trying to make, past the throttling limitations of such old superstitious controlling games as the job system and its co-opted "work ethic," passed down brutally generation to generation from the Protestant Reformers like John Calvin, who liked torturing and murdering women, and recommended the death penalty for disobedient children. "The damned must police themselves," he said. They learned to police themselves the old-fashioned way, by brutality to children, a good way to perpetuate absurd ideas and have a fund of unconscious terror to draw on for regulating people.

    I say we need freedom, a word that's been dangled in front of us for centuries, and we've been told we actually have it and send young folks out to die for it. But we don't have freedom, we are tied by many threads to an obsolete mechanism which seems to be working this planet to death.

    Marcia, we need confidence en masse, we need to get our politicians working on freeing us, beyond the need to find some niche in the competition of all against all.

    Thanks for pulling a rant out of me.


    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 12:55 PM  

  • Thank goodness for your blog. I don't know many places where you can be proud to be jobless. Right now I'm unemployed and I love it. I have never been this relaxed and at peace since I've been at work. Unfortunately, I can't survive on unemployment and need healthcare. So sadly, off to finding work I go.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:30 AM  

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