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Suhani Singh , Inquisitive snobbish arrogant. I am Golum and Sep, 19 2016

Will a world without work be utopia or hell?


Building a workless utopia in which wealth is broadly shared, people are mostly satisfied with their lot in life, and the peace isn’t kept by excluding any inconvenient foreigners, is no easy task. The grappling has already begun, and the initial rounds of negotiation are more than a little discouraging. Two centuries from now, I am confident, we will have worked everything out splendidly. Assuming, that is, that those of us alive now can manage the first painful steps without wrecking the world in the process.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/19/world-without-work-utopia-hell-human-labour-obsolete

Building a workless utopia in which wealth is broadly shared, people are mostly satisfied with their lot in life, and the peace isn’t kept by excluding any inconvenient foreigners, is no easy task. The grappling has already begun, and the initial rounds of negotiation are more than a little discouraging. Two centuries from now, I am confident, we will have worked everything out splendidly. Assuming, that is, that those of us alive now can manage the first painful steps without wrecking the world in the process. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/19/world-without-work-utopia-hell-human-labour-obsolete

Vijay Arur , Sep, 19 2016


We already know how society treats those who offer no monetary value, we only have to look around at the world as it is right now. The working poor are completely marginalized, to say the least, their needs ignored by governments, treated mostly as an irritant that distracts them from what they're really concerned with: protecting the interests and wealth of corporations. The non-working poor? The homeless? They're treated as non-citizens, almost non-persons. All over the world, no matter where you look, you see examples of governments, local and national, granting massive tax relief to corporations and the wealthy, while simultaneously closing down programs to feed, clothe and house the ever growing ranks of non-working homeless. I say non-working homeless, because in recent years it's become increasingly common for fully employed people to find themselves homeless because they are unable to afford the insane rents that wealthy landlords are allowed to seek.

We already know how society treats those who offer no monetary value, we only have to look around at the world as it is right now. The working poor are completely marginalized, to say the least, their needs ignored by governments, treated mostly as an irritant that distracts them from what they're r


aarth dhar , Sep, 19 2016


What is the point of our existence? Endless production, menial jobs, struggling to pay the loans? I would like to work, yes but I want the time and freedom to explore personal projects, to learn new skills, instruments, crafts, languages. To engage with community projects, to do charity work, to explore friendships and relationships. We need to drastically reconsider the purpose of our society. We laud "hard working families" as if this is the very pinnacle of achievement, but in doing so negate fore mostly the infertile, the single, the non-monogamous, queer, disabled, those who chose not to have children countless others. It privileges a lifetime of servitude, of obedience to a trickle down economic model that has had upwards of 30 years to be validated and has been proved time and time again to be a failed economic model, a myth that our overlords still plead our subservience to.

What is the point of our existence? Endless production, menial jobs, struggling to pay the loans? I would like to work, yes but I want the time and freedom to explore personal projects, to learn new skills, instruments, crafts, languages. To engage with community projects, to do charity work, to ex