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With Hope In Our Hearts…

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With Hope In Our Hearts…

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With Hope In Our Hearts…

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Cannon Fodder

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Shiftless Schnippets?

… only one in a hundred of us is working to keep all of us fed, whereas a hundred years ago it was 40 out of every hundred. Other necessities of life? The construction industry currently employs about 4.7 million in “production and nonsupervisory roles,” which means that about another two in a hundred are keeping roofs over out heads. You can count off other essential industries yourself: health, transport, sanitation, etc. But even if you factor all those in, there’s still a whole lot of workforce left over. Of course there is! The US population has quadrupled, more or less, in the last century, while the amount of the jobs we’re looking at has declined, not just in per capita terms, but in absolute terms: there are four times as many people and fewer jobs.

What are the rest of us doing, then? You know the answer already: we’re not working three hours a day and gamboling in the sunshine for the rest of the time, carefree in our liberation from the necessity to work. No, we’re working harder than ever. That’s not to say that all jobs outside of primary production are worthless, of course. But a lot of them exist because they have to exist, because if they didn’t exist the whole machine would grind itself into a shuddering, shrieking mess.

Tom Hawking

It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.

David Graeber, 2013

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