earn a living
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.. – Bucky
In a recent article on LA’s car culture, Stephen Bondor cites the fascinating statistic that “There are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in the history of civilization”.
That’s remarkable. But what are these people doing with their time? Where’s the creative Renaissance that such a large population could surely bring to life?
For most of them, as much $8,000/yr of their income (and a substantial portion of their work week) is going toward owning a car so they can get to and from work.
Their creative projects are crammed into evenings and weekends, and funded by whatever money they have left after paying down student loans and car insurance.
In a rather convincing breakdown, Bondor demonstrates how an aspiring scriptwriter, simply by getting rid of his car, could reduce his day job in half and spend the remaining time “pursuing his passion”. He could be a professional screenwriter in half the time.
working so we can buy/spend on stuff we don’t’ really need..
notice.. most of them are about things that are within us.. if we would simply pause – listen to – detox ourselves/others.. we wouldn’t need to pay others to do it..
reassessment of the need for and/or redistribution of current day wealth.. ness.. is a story of abundance..
So the idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true. – Larry Page
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mar 2015 – Paris on David:
Stop fighting for bullshit jobs // Paris Marx: Propaganda 
living off the grid:
The only problem with off the grid living is that corporations lose their ability to control others. With a completely self-sustaining life style, no body would ever have to work. What would happen then? Think about that for a moment. We would be free to expand and create, to discover our full potential as a race and move forward into the world of exploration and discovery, all the while living in harmony with nature, not against it.
His book on the Occupy movement and related issues was released as The Democracy Project in 2013. One of the points he raises in this book is the increase in what he calls bullshit jobs, referring to meaningless employment. He sees such jobs as being “concentrated in professional, managerial, clerical sales, and service workers”. As he explained also in an article in STRIKE! magazine:
In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.
1:07 – D: best evidence for that – look at prisons… work is a reward.. because no one wants to do nothing..
The goal of a compassionate economy, therefore, is not to provide “jobs,” as most liberal politicians seem to think. Once work has become mechanical, it is in a sense too late — inhuman work might as well be done by machines. I cannot help but remark on the inanity of economic programs that seek to make more “jobs,” as if we needed more goods and more services. Why do we want to create more jobs? It is so people have money to live. For that purpose, they might as well dig holes in the ground and fill them up again, as Keynes famously quipped. Present economic policies attempt just that: witness the current efforts to reignite housing construction at a time when there are 19 million vacant housing units in the United States! (3) Wouldn’t it be better to pay people to do nothing at all, and free up their creative energy to meet the urgent needs of the world? – Charles Einsenstein, Sacred Economics
David in amsterdam uni mar 2015-
David’s 2013 phenomenon of bullshit jobs, embeded in – end of meaningless work april 2015:
Graeber argues that we failed to live up to this prediction, not because of a failure of automation, but because of the fear of the social effects that would occur when large numbers of people had large amounts of unstructured time.
fear of run a muck ness leading to actual run amok.. ness.. below
(again from David’s 2013 phenomenon of bullshit jobs this time embedded in utopia of rules book review):
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addiction et al
Rafael (@RafaelStepanian) tweeted at 10:26 AM – 6 Feb 2017 :
The elite want you to suffer in eternal damnation of wage slavery … https://t.co/ENsaPYRx5F (http://twitter.com/RafaelStepanian/status/828656030422802437?s=17)