Category: Books & Media

Welcome to The Anticareerist, formerly known as Rethinking the Job Culture

[Update Feb. 2018: See A Brief History of The Anticareerist at Substack for more on the background of this project. You can also subscribe to the newsletter on Substack.] Introducing anticareerist.net, the new blogging home for the project previously known as Rethinking the Job Culture! All the blog posts from Radical Unjobbing, my archived blog

On the ‘Lazy Bums Who Refuse To Work’ Rhetoric

For quite some time now I’ve had an essay in the works (“USA: Land of Suffering With a Smile”) about some of the ways that living and working in the USA resembles a normalized abusive relationship, writ large. The material for this essay has expanded as I write. It’s adapted from “Do What You Love,

Anticareerist Memes: The Idler’s Glossary on Unemployment

The Idler’s Glossary by Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell – a playful, thought-provoking little book I often recommend to folks who are in the early stages of rethinking the capitalist work ethic and its ideological underpinnings – is packed with quotes worthy of being made into memes. Here’s one of my favorites. As usual, feel

The Real Four-Hour Workweek by Justin Douglas

[Ed. Note: With the author’s permission, I’m re-publishing essays from his former site asobinomics.net, as they originally appeared in 2012. Here’s the third and final one in the series!] Some years ago, I was at the bookstore and came across Tim Ferriss’ best-selling book, The Four-Hour Work Week: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the

On The Leisure Track: Book Summary and Chapter Titles

Cultivating leisure. In a culture held in thrall to the  Protestant work ethic, the concept of consciously cultivating a culture of leisure sounds suspect to many people, and conjures up images of  frivolity and uselessness. One of the objections to unconditional basic income, for example, is the notion that too much leisure will lead to

New interview with D. JoAnne Swanson in Positive News

I am interviewed in a new article in the UK-based quarterly Positive News alongside some illustrious company, including Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler and Helena Norberg-Hodge of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, who was a keynote speaker at The Economics of Happiness conference I recently attended in Portland, OR. Both are people whose

Recommended Reading: Ethan Miller – Occupy, Connect, Create

It’s been many months since my last update here. I still keep up the Facebook page a bit more frequently, but since I’ve been getting a few e-mail queries lately about the status of this blog, I should be clear about the reason for the lack of updates. Most of my limited writing time is

Success, Dependency, and Alienation: A Discussion

[Recently, on the Facebook page associated with this blog, a quote I posted from Charles Eisenstein spawned a fascinating and friendly discussion with two of my readers.  I thought it deserved a wider audience than it would get if I left it buried in a Facebook comment thread, so with the permission of the participants,