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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Refusing Liberation

So what is the Left’s response to the problem of entire professions being robotized out of existence? 

No, of course, it isn’t to challenge the stranglehold of liquid capital that is marking off millions of people as dispensable human waste.

Instead, the Left is offering a flurry of books and articles arguing that work is oppressive and being unemployed and unemployable is hugely liberating. Shockingly, the authors of these books and articles are in no hurry to get liberated by giving up their jobs. Instead, they are selflessly sacrificing their own chance at immediate liberation from having a salary and a place in productive life. You’ve got to admire this eagerness to continue to be oppressed for the sake of others. 

And now please excuse me, I’ve got to get on a plane and go be oppressed at a conference all day tomorrow. 

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