Category: Money Matters

The Anticareerist Has Moved From Patreon to Substack

I’m pleased to announce that The Anticareerist is now a subscription newsletter on an impressive new digital publishing platform called Substack, and I’ve bid farewell to Patreon. “Why I Switched From Patreon to Substack” provides a closer look at Substack’s impressive direct subscription model from this writer’s perspective. Here’s the heart of it: “Much as

‘Earning a Living’ and the Dilemma of Unpaid Work

“Earning a Living” and the Dilemma of Unpaid Work On the Injustice of a World Without Unconditional Basic Income by D. JoAnne Swanson [Author’s note: It is my custom to use quotes for the phrase “earning a living” to call attention to its moral injustice.] All of us have basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, rest,

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,

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

Anticareerist Memes: Why Must We Pay? (Kellia Ramares-Watson)

The late writer and feminist activist Kellia Ramares-Watson, whom I met at a conference just a few months before she died in 2015, often asked: “Why must we pay to live on the planet we’re born on?” It’s a question designed to spur critical thinking about the oppressive systemic requirement that all able-bodied adults “earn

Gift-Model Crowdfunding: Why I Love Patreon

Patreon is a relative newcomer in the crowdfunding arena. It’s only been around for three years, and less than a year in its current design incarnation. It’s growing rapidly, however, and for excellent reason. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms that operate on a strictly per-project basis, Patreon permits creators to fund their creative work on a

On “Financial Independence”: A Rant

I don’t believe in “financial independence.”  Ultimately there is no such thing, much as some people might like to believe there is. There is a narrative of “independence” in our culture that goes something like this: being needy is a bad thing.  I am also reminded of the saying “A woman needs a man like

Unjobbing is a Process

I often remind myself that unjobbing is a process, and not a destination. It’s not somewhere I end up.  It’s more like a meandering trail through a dense forest, with switchbacks, elevation changes, and occasional backtracking when I get lost.  Sometimes it leads into uncharted territory, and I find myself wondering what to do next. 

I am a Radical Unjobber Because…

I am a radical unjobber because I believe people should have lives based on living, not on making a living. I am a radical unjobber because I believe that leisure is more than “free time”. I am a radical unjobber because I believe in an ecological ethic of service, interdependence, and care…not a “work ethic.”

Money Vs. Real Wealth

Greetings, unjobbers!  Though it’s been many moons since my last post, I want you to know that I have not given up on this site.  I’m here, I’m still (miraculously!) job-free, and I will make new posts whenever I can. I do want to tell you what happened to derail my participation for so many