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HUMAN NATURE (?)

HUMAN NATURE (?) (This essay is the ninth part of the series ‘How Jobs Destroyed Work’) There is this commonly-held belief that there are people who ‘don’t want to work’. I find it hard to believe that any such person … Continue reading

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THE TECHNOLOGICAL PANOPTICON

THE TECHNOLOGICAL PANOPTICON (This essay is part eight of the series ‘How Jobs Destroyed Work’)  Some observers, among them Noam Chomsky and Jaques Fresco, have noted how corporations tend to have the same organizational structure as fascist dictatorships. In other … Continue reading

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MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND DETERIORATION OF WORK

MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND THE DETERIORATION OF WORK THIS ESSAY IS PART SEVEN OF THE SERIES “HOW JOBS DESTROYED WORK”. Work combined with technology can make for a wonderful union. Described by W. Brian Arthur as ‘a reprogramming of nature’, technology … Continue reading

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THE (INEVITABLE?) CORRUPTION OF FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM

THE (INEVITABLE?) CORRUPTION OF FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM (THIS ESSAY IS PART SIX OF THE SERIES ‘HOW JOBS DESTROYED WORK’) From one perspective, what happened during the global financial crisis could be seen as either the failure of free market capitalism, or … Continue reading

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THE RISE AND CONSEQUENCES OF ‘LEAN-AND-MEAN’ BUSINESS PRACTICES

THE RISE AND CONSEQUENCES OF ‘LEAN-AND-MEAN’ BUSINESS PRACTICES (This essay is part five in the series HOW JOBS DESTROYED WORK) During the 80s, attitudes toward the paternalistic model changed. The 1970s ended in recession, and during this period two of … Continue reading

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HOW JOBS DESTROYED WORK (PART FOUR)

HOW JOBS DESTROY WORK (PART FOUR) by EXTROPIA DaSILVA PATERNALISM Some businesses operate what might be called a paternalistic model. Under this model, a company’s ‘stakeholders’- its owners, employees and customers- are all well taken care of. The pay is … Continue reading

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HOW JOBS DESTROYED WORK (PART THREE) OVERWORK

HOW JOBS DESTROY WORK (PART THREE) by EXTROPIA DaSILVA OVERWORK Overwork is something that does not exist in nature. When wage labour is described as a form of slavery people sometimes object by pointing out that working is simply an … Continue reading

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