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By itself, this is a book about work, but it's also more than that. It is an outline of an analysis of capitalism: what it is, how it works, how we might dis-mantle it. And the book and the analysis are outgrowths of something more a movement of people determined to fight it.

So this book isn't just an attempt to describe reality but also a tool with which to change it. If any of the words or illustrations resonate with you, don't leave them trapped on these pages write them on the wall, shout them over the intercom at your former workplace, change them as you see fit and release them into the world.

This project is the combined effort of a group of people who have already spent many years in pitched struggle against capitalism. What qualifies us to write this? Some of us used to be students or pizza deliverers or dishwashers; others still are construction workers or graphic designers or civic-minded criminals. But all of us have lived under capitalism since we were born, and that makes us experts on it. The same goes for you. No one has to have a degree in economics to understand what's happening: it s enough to get a paycheck or a pink slip and pay attention. We re suspicious of the experts who get their credentials from on high, who have incentives to minimize things that are obvious to everyone else.

Like every attempt to construct a scale model of the world, this one is bound to be partial in both senses of the word. To present the whole story, it would have to be as vast as history. There s no way to be unbiased, either: our positions and values inevitably influence what we include and what we leave out. What we offer here is simply one perspective from our side of the counter and our side of the barricades. If it lines up with yours, let's do something about it.


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TJPDX, January 14, 2012 (view all comments by TJPDX)
If for no other reason, the Occupy movement of 2011 was important because it called into question destructive elements of our culture that have been viewed as normal for so long. Following Occupy, supporting it, and to a minor extent participating in it, really got me thinking about work in the larger sense. Some assert that Occupy wouldn't have happened if the employment level were higher, and I have to say that sounds right to me--if you're spending most hours of your day getting to and from work, working, and recovering from working, where do you find time to live? CrimethInc. ex-Workers' Collective's "Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance." mulls this question and many others that directly relate to every one who has a job--and everyone who doesn't. I've been working for a paycheck for over 30 years, and there was a time when I thought that being a "good," productive employee was a virtue, that it meant my life had value, that I was contributing in some way. But contributing to what? To the economy? When did that become the highest good? This book tells us that it isn't, and states in one place that, "The real danger is not that the system will collapse, but that it might go on inflicting the unsustainable costs of its operation upon us forever."
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