AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: EPISODE 3 - WORK AND DIE or BE THE FUTURE BLOB
 
Episode 3 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib is me starting a conversation about a post-work world with you. Hopefully, it will inspire an inner conversation, and maybe even a conversation between you and your friends and your everyday life. I don't talk that much about what exactly we should imagine, because we'll all have different visions. But I do talk about pathways to imagining post-work in the first place. 

Which is why I'd love to hear back from you about a post-work world, particularly any solutions or directions or visions. Watch/listen/comment. Thanks!

In Episode 3, I Talk About

  • How having a job is deadening and deadly.
  • Why work is state-supported blackmail.
  • How work has fundamentally changed and changed us into computers.
  • Why we're not automating work anytime soon.
  • Why both Marxist and capitalist models are challenged by wanting to be versus needing to gain.
  • Why labor isn't the best sphere to locate political struggle in.
  • Seeking employment as infantilization.

SHOW NOTES

Franco "Bifo" Berardi is an Italian philosopher, activist, and radical. Many of his books are available in translation from Verso and Semiotext(e). Here's the book I mention by him, The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy.

Also mentioned - one of my favorite living philosophers, Michel Serres. Serres is a great philosopher for occultists, by the way. If you can find a copy of his conversations with Bruno Latour or his work Hermes, pick them up. In this episode, I touch on his very accessible, very short, and very profound work, Thumbelina: The Culture and Technology of Millenials.

I urge you to read both Russell Means and Bob Black - particularly the two essays mentioned in the episode.


Here's "The Same Old Song" by Russell Means. Means's essay is not actually an essay, for, as he states at the outset, "The only possible opening for a statement of this kind is that I detest writing. The process itself epitomizes the European concept of 'legitimate' thinking; what is written has an importance that is denied the spoken." 

And here's Bob Black's excellent essay, "The Abolition of Work".

Work statistics come from The International Labour Organization and the American Federation of Labor.

The best introduction to Frithjof Bergmann's inspiring efforts and thoughtful philosophies is his appearance on The Partially Examined Life podcast. You'll also find plenty of links to his stuff there.

Oh, and let's not forget Zack of All Trades, who brainwashed my childhood with his adults-trying-to-be-cool-kids funky advice. Tap your foot to the vocal stylings of Luther Vandross and be indoctrinated.