Author : David Graeber
David Rolfe Graeber (1961-2020) is an American anthropologist, anarchist activist and author known for his 2011 Debt: The First 5000 Years, 2015 The Utopia of Rules and 2018 Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. He was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. (From : Wikipedia.org.)
In Bullshit Jobs Graeber picks up on the wasted value and lives lost to labour in the modern day workforce.
Seems to me he nicely picks up where William Morris left off, in his Signs of Change:
Meantime let us pass from this “competition” between nations to that between “the organizers of labor,” great firms, joint-stock companies; capitalists in short, and see how competition “stimulates production” among them: indeed it does do that; but what kind of production? Well, production of something to sell at a profit, or say production of profits: and note how war commercial stimulates that: a certain market is demanding goods; there are, say, a hundred manufacturers who make that kind of goods, and every one of them would if he could keep that market to himself; and struggles desperately to get as much of it as he can, with the obvious result that presently the thing is overdone, and the market is glutted, and all that fury of manufacture has to sink into cold ashes. Doesn’t that seem something like war to you? Can’t you see the waste of it– waste of labor, skill, cunning, waste of life in short?
David Graeber will be missed.