* Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

David Graeber wrote a provocative and rather amusing essay on meaningless jobs, cited in the first chapter of the book, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, and it may have been better if he had stopped with the essay. The book struggles to define what a “bullshit” may be, and the author does not seem to be able to decide whether it’s in the eye of the beholder (fair enough) or from the list that he summarily defines, which includes telemarketers (tempting!), corporate lawyers (ditto), HR managers (a bit unfair), and, eventually, everyone who is not, like him, a university professor (and *especially* university administrators). Basically his idea is that we should all get a basic guaranteed income and do whatever we please. Where the money to finance all that will come from is not clear.

And that’s too bad, because he does have a point that many jobs are absurd, or at least have absurd moments, filled with pointless bureaucracy, unclear goals, and mean bosses. Maybe someone else is writing another book about how to fight the pointlessness.

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