Work is a site …

Work is a site for totalitarian control: surveillance, rotework, imposed work tempos, production quotas, punching-in and -out… Workplaces – factories, offices and shops – are no dfferent in kind from prisons, though they have a different ambience. Work may not be as regimented as prison life, but it is imposed like a prison sentence and workers believe it to be neccesasry and willingly spend the best part of their lives in burdensome jobs that turn them into automata.

B. Black, ‘THe AAbolition of Work’, in H. Ehrlich (ed.) Reinventing Anarchy, Again (Edinburgh:AK Press, 1996) 238-9.


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