Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hvorfor majoriteten hater bøndene

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Egentlig gjør det samme fenomenet seg gjeldende i vårt industrisamfunn, hvor kanskje 2-3 prosent jobber skikkelig, mens resten har hva den amerikanske bestselgeren David Graeber kaller "bullshit jobs":


Av de få som fortsatt utfører ekte arbeid finner vi bøndene. Det er derfor majoriteten, som i virkeligheten utfører meningsløst "bullshit-arbeid", hater bøndene så intenst. Nettopp fordi bøndenes eksistens blir en slik kontrast til deres egen meningsløshet at de ikke orker å bli utsatt for dette faktum!

Et lite sitat fra artikkelen:
It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. And here, precisely, lies the mystery. In capitalism, this is exactly what is not supposed to happen. Sure, in the old inefficient socialist states like the Soviet Union, where employment was considered both a right and a sacred duty, the system made up as many jobs as they had to (this is why in Soviet department stores it took three clerks to sell a piece of meat). But, of course, this is the very sort of problem market competition is supposed to fix. According to economic theory, at least, the last thing a profit-seeking firm is going to do is shell out money to workers they don’t really need to employ. Still, somehow, it happens.
While corporations may engage in ruthless downsizing, the layoffs and speed-ups invariably fall on that class of people who are actually making, moving, fixing and maintaining things; through some strange alchemy no one can quite explain, the number of salaried paper-pushers ultimately seems to expand, and more and more employees find themselves, not unlike Soviet workers actually, working 40 or even 50 hour weeks on paper, but effectively working 15 hours just as Keynes predicted, since the rest of their time is spent organising or attending motivational seminars, updating their facebook profiles or downloading TV box-sets. 
The answer clearly isn’t economic: it’s moral and political. The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger (think of what started to happen when this even began to be approximated in the ‘60s). And, on the other hand, the feeling that work is a moral value in itself, and that anyone not willing to submit themselves to some kind of intense work discipline for most of their waking hours deserves nothing, is extraordinarily convenient for them. - David Graeber

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