Bullshit jobs

Anthropologist David Graeber has written an excellent piece on bullshit jobs:

On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs

A few quotes:

The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger


Now he’s a corporate lawyer working in a prominent New York firm. He was the first to admit that his job was utterly meaningless, contributed nothing to the world, and, in his own estimation, should not really exist.


Answer: if 1% of the population controls most of the disposable wealth, what we call “the market” reflects what they think is useful or important, not anybody else.

We highly recommend this essay.

See also:

The 21-hour-work week