BULLSHIT JOBS by David Graeber

This book is wordy as hell, but it unravels a lot of different angles pertaining to the work world. He defines bs jobs as those where you basically do nothing at them (different than “shit” jobs like cashiering). He discusses the ways that those jobs affect people’s emotional health and questions why our culture “values” “hard work” so much. He steers the end of his book towards universal basic income.

My favorite thing about the book was his musings on the “more jobs” language that so many people use. It sounds positive if a [liberal] politician says it, but it reinforces the idea that worthless jobs should exist for the sake of having people sitting at those desks. I also liked the stuff in the beginning about how so many jobs exist just to make another person look good/fancy (by having a secretary or whatever).

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