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Do you think this is accurate? Anonymous 17281

Anonymous 17283

Automation will make most of these workers jobless so… ?

Anonymous 17284

Always has been, but they only exist so as to not create another French revolution.
Jobs literally make people very busy and less prone to getting too political, and activists are really just NEETs on a welfare state and/or supported by a literal Patreon non-profit, only being funded by the capitalist system as not all forms of activism get funded.

Anonymous 17288

I read this book and yes, I agree. He gives five categories of useless jobs:

1. who serve to make their superiors feel important, e.g., receptionists, administrative assistants, door attendants

2. goons, who oppose other goons hired by other companies, e.g., lobbyists, corporate lawyers, telemarketers, public relations specialists

3. duct tapers, who temporarily fix problems that could be fixed permanently, e.g., programmers repairing shoddy code, airline desk staff who calm passengers whose bags do not arrive

4. box tickers, who create the appearance that something useful is being done when it is not, e.g., survey administrators, in-house magazine journalists, corporate compliance officers

5. taskmasters, who manage—or create extra work for—those who do not need it, e.g., middle management, leadership professionals

Some are worse than others. He gives an example of people who are supposed to help vulnerable people fill in benefits forms but end up harming them (type 4). Others are just a bit boring but in rare cases might be well paid (types 1 and 3). I think people making extra work (type 5) are the most common as every business has someone who comes up with pointless HR things that no one wants to do.

Anonymous 17289

It is accurate and it is heavenly to have a bullshit idle job if you're an autist like me. My job was temporarily turned bullshit due to being turned remote when in fact, the work very well wasn't possible to be done remotely. For 6 months, for the first time in my adult life, I felt mentally healthy and able to focus on what I wanted to do as opposed to be actually having metrics to manage.

I had to quit the job because there was the prospect that I would have to go back to actually working and I could not for the life of me put myself through the situation of actually having to work for the company again in an actually meaningful fashion.

Anonymous 17290

Automation is what gave most of these people jobs in the first place. If you actually read the book you'd see we he made this argument that, if the predictions from the 1960s were to be believed, we should all be working 15-hour workweeks. Do you see the 15-hour workweek as standard?

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