Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (Compact Disc)
A compulsory talking point for any politician – left or right – is job creation, employment, and the well-being of the economy in relation to the two. But hardly anyone seems to consider whether the jobs themselves are meaningful or necessary, or even doing more harm than good.
The aptly titled Bullshit Jobs is about exactly that: meaningless jobs that even the people working them admit contribute nothing to society. A bullshit job, as defined by the late anthropologist David Graeber, typically involves being overpaid for doing an ultimately unnecessary and fruitless task (or variety of tasks). They usually find their home in bloated administrative departments, corporate law firms, PR, marketing, and many others.
This is an essential read for anyone even mildly interested in labor relations and the economy, and what can be done to improve them to work toward a more equitable and just society.— Alex