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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paras to ponder

Here lies the present paradox: work has totally triumphed over all other ways of existing, as the same time as workers have become superfluous. Gains in productivity, outsourcing, mechanization, automated and digital production have so progressed that they have almost reduced to zero the quantity of living labor (sic) necessary in the manufacture of any product. We are living the paradox of a society if workers without work, where entertainment, consumption and leisure only underscore the lack from which they are supposed to distract.

From 'The Coming Insurrection' by something calling itself The Invisible Committee; it's caused a storm, and indeed some arrests in French, and now quoted disapprovingly by Glenn Beck. It is, as you might expect, traditionally Gallic in it's theoretical approach, but unlike many other provocations of its type, well-written, and not possessed of that many sentences with two subordinate clauses.



Blogger Unknown said...

Rish, nice work linking to this. I've been meaning to write about it for ages, but haven't. I thought the letter from Coupat's family, after his arrest, was very eloquent.

7:56 pm  
Blogger BetaRish said...

Oh it is, very much so. Thanks for the nod thattaway.

10:44 am  

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