Tag: jobs vs. work

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

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

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.”

What I Do For A Living: A Rant

[This essay was published on whywork.org in 2002, and its defiant tone and sassy attitude has made it a reader favorite.] What I Do For A Living: A Rant by D. JoAnne Swanson “So, what do you do for a living?” Ah, the dreaded question.  I hear it at parties, family gatherings, even from store

What I Learned When I Quit My Job: Part Two

[This essay, written in 2000, was never published on whywork.org nor anywhere else.  It is not my best work, and I couldn’t figure out how to say what I actually wanted to say in it, so I set it aside and left it unattended for years.  However, over the years many people wrote to me

What I Learned When I Quit My Job: Part One

[The following essay was originally published in 1999, as part of a short-lived monthly column in a webzine called Mr. Ridiculous, and it was later archived on whywork.org.  Except for the short bio at the end, this is the original, unedited version. Although I still like the basic approach of this essay – focusing on