'The most influential radical political thinker of the moment' - New YorkerBack in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased.
And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society: bullshit jobs. In 'Bullshit Jobs', David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.
Praise for The Democracy Project: 'Clear, pungent and right ... a compact and incisive account of why capitalism has run with such a smash into the buffers' - Times Higher Education
'Captures the joys and fears of a movement' - Observer
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1. What is a Bullshit Jobs?
2. What sorts of Bullshit Jobs are there
3. Why do those Bullshit Jobs regularly report themselves unhappy?
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4. What is it like to have a Bullshit Job?
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5. Why are Bullshit Jobs proliferating?
6. Why do we as a society not object to the growth of pointless employment?
7. What are the political effects of Bullshit Jobs, and is there anything that can be done about this situation?
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