Earning a living? Take This Job and Shove It!: The Growing Revolt Against Work

Squire

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I have personally quit jobs six times in my life without another job to go to, and each time was followed by months of unemployment. I have quit jobs many more other times when changing jobs. The shortest time between being hired and quitting was six weeks when I quit one foreign job for another foreign job which paid 40% more.

One of my personal favorite sayings is "I am too busy earning a living to make money".

You have to 'earn' a living in today's society and economy. A living is not a right. In fact, there are numerous government laws that prevent total personal autonomy by leaving society and living in the wild.

Many people hate their jobs and given the opportunity to leave by getting government handouts like the Covid payments gives that opportunity to leave.

"Work fucking blows! It sucks and plebian scum like me don’t wanna live like that anymore and why the fuck would we? It’s not natural and it’s not fucking healthy, spending 80% of your life stewing in traffic jams, slaving behind deep fryers, and punching numbers into computers. We’re not descended from ants. People are monkeys. God designed us to eat, fuck, fight, shit, repeat, and we’re done with civilization’s fucking capitalist zoo.
We’ve all been duped into accepting wage slavery as the natural order of existence but even a cursory glance at history tells us that this is total bullshit. The modern concept of work as we know is only a few centuries old. It’s a byproduct of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation and it wasn’t designed for productivity; it was designed as a means of social control. Those assholes taught us that working ourselves to death would bring us closer to God so they could keep us from jacking off. When the bank took the church’s place during the Industrial Revolution, the bourgeoisie simply replaced God with a dollar bill and used the death cult of the Protestant Work Ethic to squeeze every last drop of man-hours out of the proletariat like a dirty dishrag. They work us so goddamn hard that we don’t even have enough free time to revolt, let alone masturbate, and that’s not just a happy coincidence."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/01/21/take-this-job-and-shove-it-the-growing-revolt-against-work/

Take This Job and Shove It!: The Growing Revolt Against Work
BY NICKY REID
“Experience demonstrates that there may be a slavery of wages only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other”
-Frederick Douglass
“A worker is a part time slave”
-Bob Black
There is something very strange going on with the US economy, dearest motherfuckers, and you don’t have to look at the Dow Jones to see it. All you have to do is take a stroll down main street. Everywhere you look on every storefront and shop window from your local Wendy’s to the bank, there are signs screaming ‘Help Wanted!’, ‘Parttime and Fulltime Positions!’, ‘Jobs Available!’, ‘Seriously Dude, Fucking Work Here!’ Businesses of nearly every variety are practically begging for employees but there are no employees to be found. The bean counters in the Federal Government have taken notice too. The latest job reports from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the sheer Grand Canyon magnitude of this thing in flashing red numbers. Over 20 million Americans have quit their jobs in the second half of 2021, a record 4.5 million in November alone, that’s fucking holiday season! This is literally unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and there are no signs of it slowing down in the foreseeable future. Some clever motherfucker has coined this dumbfounding phenomenon the Great Resignation. We have an economy drowning in job offerings, but no one wants to work, and all the experts seem beside themselves explaining why.
Far be it for me to call myself an expert. I don’t have any Ivy League degrees hanging over the credenza or a position at some smarmy Randian think tank, but I am one of these unemployed people these experts seem to be so mystified by and I do have a theory that might shine some light on their conundrum. Are you ready? Listen very carefully so as not to miss the subtle nuances of my argument. Work fucking blows! It sucks and plebian scum like me don’t wanna live like that anymore and why the fuck would we? It’s not natural and it’s not fucking healthy, spending 80% of your life stewing in traffic jams, slaving behind deep fryers, and punching numbers into computers. We’re not descended from ants. People are monkeys. God designed us to eat, fuck, fight, shit, repeat, and we’re done with civilization’s fucking capitalist zoo.
We’ve all been duped into accepting wage slavery as the natural order of existence but even a cursory glance at history tells us that this is total bullshit. The modern concept of work as we know is only a few centuries old. It’s a byproduct of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation and it wasn’t designed for productivity; it was designed as a means of social control. Those assholes taught us that working ourselves to death would bring us closer to God so they could keep us from jacking off. When the bank took the church’s place during the Industrial Revolution, the bourgeoisie simply replaced God with a dollar bill and used the death cult of the Protestant Work Ethic to squeeze every last drop of man-hours out of the proletariat like a dirty dishrag. They work us so goddamn hard that we don’t even have enough free time to revolt, let alone masturbate, and that’s not just a happy coincidence.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Human beings spent 90% of our history in hunter-gatherer societies and we were a hell of a lot happier as savages. We spent no more than 3 to 5 hours a day hunting, foraging, fishing, and preparing food and spent the rest of our time fucking off, smoking dope, and inventing wheels. The great anthropologist Marshall Sahlins called it the original affluent society and it existed for thousands of years without managers, bathroom breaks, Muzak, and office Christmas parties. In the centuries since most of mankind abandoned to nature, we’ve developed such smashing advances in modern technology as prisons, genocide, factories, compulsory schooling, nuclear bombs, shrinking icecaps, and islands of garbage the size of continents. This lifestyle choice known as work is an anomaly, an offramp to human devolution like monotheism, Celine Dion, and the gender binary. If the gods wanted us to live this way, we wouldn’t be choking to death on our own exhaust fumes. Climate change is a warning and so was Covid.
 

SethBullock

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I get the feeling that the author would like Covid on steroids to come along and kill all of us but maybe 5 or 10%. Then the survivors could live in the Stone Age, and Earth would be safe.
 

johnsmith

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I get the feeling that the author would like Covid on steroids to come along and kill all of us but maybe 5 or 10%. Then the survivors could live in the Stone Age, and Earth would be safe.

not sure how you came to that conclusion. I certainly don't like my current job but am not in a position to quit yet. And because of the way my work is run, I don't really have time to look for something else.
 

Squire

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not sure how you came to that conclusion. I certainly don't like my current job but am not in a position to quit yet. And because of the way my work is run, I don't really have time to look for something else.
You're too busy earning a living to make money.
 

johnsmith

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You're too busy earning a living to make money.
It's not even that. Money has never been a primary motivator for me. But the way my work runs, taking time off to attend interviews etc is impossible. It's an argument to even get a weeks holiday with 4 months notice. Attending interviews with short notice is a no go unless I leave the boss in the lurch and just pretend I'm sick. The monday before last I woke up with a fever .. in the middle of a pandemic, I called the boss and all he said was if I took the day off I'd have Monday and Tuesdays work waiting for me on Tuesday. Tuesdays are already a 10 to 12 hr day at the best of times, adding the 12 hrs Monday workload wasn't going to work so I went to work with a fever. It's just a shit system but the boss refuses to change it.
 

greggerypeccary

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I tried to apply
I can't get loose
My day is to myself
Put my brain in a noose
Buzzer sounds, gotta move
Feet move, legs move, hands move, brain moves....
Real slow
I gotta' be on time
Just to collect my reward
I gotta stand in line
Makes me feel so fucking bored
'boss barks orders at me
But I can't yell back
'cause whenever I try....
Get that son of a bitch off my back
I have this problem every morning,
I gotta' face the clock;
Punch in, punch out, it makes me so pissed off
One of these days I'm gonna smash it off the wall!
Go home!
 

SethBullock

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I guess I was one of the fortunate ones who worked at something I wanted to work at. Money mattered, but it wasn't the primary motive. If I had it to over, I'd do it again.

Police work was very difficult in some ways, but overall, I enjoyed my career. In retirement, I enjoy training young police recruits. 66, and I'm still doing it, and I don't need the money. The money is nice, but I enjoy the work. I still enjoy being part of a team. I still enjoy making a difference, however small. I like knowing that the training I give matters.

In the U.S. employers are begging for workers. If I hated my job, there would be no better time than right now to change careers and do something you enjoyed doing.
 

Squire

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It's not even that. Money has never been a primary motivator for me. But the way my work runs, taking time off to attend interviews etc is impossible. It's an argument to even get a weeks holiday with 4 months notice. Attending interviews with short notice is a no go unless I leave the boss in the lurch and just pretend I'm sick. The monday before last I woke up with a fever .. in the middle of a pandemic, I called the boss and all he said was if I took the day off I'd have Monday and Tuesdays work waiting for me on Tuesday. Tuesdays are already a 10 to 12 hr day at the best of times, adding the 12 hrs Monday workload wasn't going to work so I went to work with a fever. It's just a shit system but the boss refuses to change it.
I call bullshit every time somebody says "money doesn't matter". Of course it matters.

Saying it doesn't matter doesn't make it so.

I left my first job in the aviation industry after 2 years for a notional 50% higher pay in the mining industry which turned out to be 100% more after bonuses.

I quit that after two years for a job in tunneling which actually paid about the same as the mining job but was 400 km closer to home. The shortest time I stayed in a job was around 6 weeks when I was offered a job that paid ~40% more.

The most unusual approach I ever had was a company that approached me with an offer that was 30% less than I was already earning. I rejected them twice more after they approached me repeatedly with the same offer. The offered job was a more prestigious job in the industry and for me personally, but there was no way I was going to take a pay cut for prestige despite the fact I was continually being threatened with being fired in my job.

I worked one job for 3 years in two durations of 18 months and I was one of the last employees to be terminated when the project was completed. I was threatened with being fired by the project manager nearly every day and I even wrote an email to the management saying it was the worst project I have ever worked in due to management incompetence. I wasn't fired. My colleagues spent the next week asking me every morning "are you still here"? After the threat to fire me stopped, the project manager threatened to beat me up but also did not implement that threat. I stayed to the end of the project.

I left the job in the middle of it and came back on more money after the project I went to was canceled after 6 months which made me approach my previous employer to get reemployed at a 10% higher rate because they had hired 2 people when I left who weren't performing and one of them had quit. The other suddenly developed an incurable illness and disappeared after I returned and demonstrated the mistakes he had made which had cost hundreds of thousands in spending on wrong equipment and materials. Evidently, his incurable illness was cured by his being subsequently employed by another company.

Money does matter.
 

johnsmith

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call bullshit every time somebody says "money doesn't matter". Of course it matters.

Saying it doesn't matter doesn't make it so.
What I said was that money isn't a primary motivator. Not that it doesn't matter. Money only matters in that it has to be enough to pay the bills and live comfortably. I've refused jobs that pay more in the past and I'll do so in the future. Unlike some, I don't live to work, I work to live.
 
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