David Graeber: “a possible vision of hell”

by CT on August 22, 2013

David Graeber is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics

“Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in British academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell. Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don’t like and are not especially good at. Say they were hired because they were excellent cabinet-makers, and then discover they are expected to spend a great deal of their time frying fish. Neither does the task really need to be done – at least, there’s only a very limited number of fish that need to be fried. Yet somehow, they all become so obsessed with resentment at the thought that some of their co-workers might be spending more time making cabinets, and not doing their fair share of the fish-frying responsibilities, that before long there’s endless piles of useless badly cooked fish piling up all over the workshop and it’s all that anyone really does.   I think this is actually a pretty accurate description of the moral dynamics of our own economy.”

David Graeber,  http://www.strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/ – August 2013

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