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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Why Work?

This is the Labor Day edition, a day late and a dollar short.

The Futureheads have an annoying song on their altogether great debut cd. Titled "First Day", it depicts the corporate workplace as a death mill for the body and spirit. I'm glad they're writing to a 20-something crowd instead of the homework crew but is this supposed to be clever and insightful? I've been self-employed and worked for companies large and tiny. What they all have in common is they're all royal pains in the arse. If it wasn't work it would be called play. People are no nicer at a food co-op than at General Motors. Hell is other people and they seem to be everywhere. Corporations don't suck - work sucks. How pretentious to pretend otherwise.

Then there's one of the great recruiting tools for anarchy - the Why Work argument. It litters zines and now there's even a web site that's another front in the left's attack on Capitalism. To lazy rich kids there must be an allure to the idea that under pure socialism they wouldn't have to work hard (if at all). Scratch and sniff an anarchist and you'll fall down unconscious, but I wager $100 e-dollars if you ask a few questions these zeds will admit they think they won't have to work after the people's revolution as payment for their efforts for the cause.

There's also CorporationsSuck.com, for people who think corporations and everything else sucks. I've always enjoyed FuggedCompany.com, which at least provides inside information on failing companies.

A billion years ago Crass asked "Do They Owe Us A Living?" If you're a lazy, dumb, useless sack of crap - NO! Why do THEY owe YOU anything besides opportunities to help yourselves? Society is a desert island. Either contribute and share the rewards or fugg off and die. Those in true need get help and the lazy and useless can eat poopies. The laziest Eskimo gets pushed off the ice flow. Ya know what I'm sayin'?


Blogger Robert G. said...

It's not just limited to young north of England rock bands, of course, but there's a lot of people out there who don't have a friggin' clue what it's like working for a big co., 'cos they never have. It's all cliche. Many of my friends who've worked for mom and pops have had far worse tales to tell, frankly. With the big boys, at least you have the possibility of finding a nice reasonably-paid corner somewhere where you're left alone--something I'm currently trying to organize for Numero Uno.

8:02 PM

Blogger Richard said...

I just want a job where I don't have to haul beer kegs for frat boys.

3:26 PM


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