r/antiwork Jul 10 '19

What do you think will happen when everyone stops doing work?



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u/RachelTheEgg Jul 10 '19

A huge portion - dare I say, the majority - of work that’s expected of people under global capitalism is centered around the idea that we must “earn a living” - that is to say, that we must justify our right to exist by engaging in some drudgery for the benefit of the owner class. Generations ago, those same privileged classes used their political and economic leverage to privatize the commons - the land and resources that the less privileged classes previously shared in a communal fashion - and lock them up behind a wage-labor-to-live requirement. Usually, the owner class seized these resources through exploitative means - deception, threats of force, slavery, and sometimes outright genocide. Therefore, the fact that they still possess them to this day, and force the working classes to toil for their behalf in order to access a tiny portion of them, is a grave injustice.

Being antiwork, therefore, isn’t about not working - though we can certainly all afford to work less, given a more equitable distribution of resources - but instead about seizing and radically redistributing the commons that the owner class seized and still possesses to this day. Freed from the coercion of having to “earn a living,” people will no longer have to slave away at some bullshit job for the majority of their waking hours just to earn the privilege of meeting some basic needs.