Kathi Weeks’ The Problem with Work deserves an exhaustive review. Finally, a well-reasoned and critical treatise on the nature of work has appeared that grapples with the work ethic and wrestles it into submission. In any case, this is not that review; at this point I can only offer a brief introduction.
In some countries a newly honored poet laureate would make the news. The United States is not one of those countries. Maybe this is the fault of US poets themselves. Are they simply content to cultivate their coteries, as if establishing their mutual admiration societies comprises the extent of their ambition?
The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money and the Crisis of Nature Curtis White (PoliPointPress, Sausalito, CA)
Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire relates that at the height of the empire all the youths of the conquered territories were simultaneously gathered and slaughtered to secure the future of the Roman population for a generation.
Here are two excerpts from a recent news feature.
I cannot direct anybody to do anything that they do not want to do. All decision-making is by consensus.
All around . . . groups organized themselves in democratic cooperatives, arranged in an anti-hierarchy.