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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

New York Transit Strike

I'm listening to a debate about the transit strike in New York on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now at the same time that I'm reading this:

"In the past few years, Lafargue's philosophy has been vigorously renewed by writers on the other side of the Atlantic. Celebrations of leisure like Carl Honoré's In Praise of Slowness, John de Graaf's Take Back Your Time and Pat Kane's The Play Ethic have suggested that in the industrialized West we need a less hectic, more deliberate working life. In the past year two new guides to the lazy life, Tom Hodgkinson's How to Be Idle and Corinne Maier's Bonjour Laziness: Jumping Off the Corporate Ladder, have gone further, calling for a regime of revolutionary leisure in which the workforce stops being... well, a workforce."

Strikes come and go. So people won't go to work for a while. What'll happen? Nothing. If nobody showed up at their marketing and advertising jobs, what would happen? Very few people are really engaged in essential activity. Society has a huge superstructure built up to manufacture unnecesary products and services and mechanisms to make us desire and buy them.


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