New Work and Old Time Labour

After reading last week about the labour struggle to define and control the working day, I’ve found everything I’ve read this week raises questions over what had been fought for.

There is good and bad work, and just as some people are using the rights gained from that struggle to deliver less of what they “owe”, others are seeking fulfilment in more of it.

Love or hate work, what underpins it is consumerism. But consumerism too has changed. As always, there’s the choice of quantity or quality. However, as work becomes increasingly abstract, it gets increasingly difficult to distinguish between them.

The pleasures of progress are dulled as what was a choice becomes an acceptance.

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