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

“Get a Job!” 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 second in the series!] “We don’t want full employment, we want full lives!” — slogan from the 1968 uprising in France I wrote previously about how our use of the phrase “incentive to work”

The Incentive to Work 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 first!] Lately I’ve been exploring the idea of a guaranteed basic income, also known as a citizen’s income or a negative income tax. Whatever the name, the principle remains the same: give every

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

Anticareerist Memes: Laurie Penny on the Abolition of ‘Work’

To close out 2016, I have one last-minute creative offering for you all: a new quote meme I made, featuring more of feminist writer Laurie Penny’s inspiring words.  This quote is taken from her essay “Let’s Not Abolish Sex Work, Let’s Abolish All Work.” It gets right to the heart of what my Rethinking 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