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What’s The Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Animals play. Humans play. To explain play in Darwinian or utilitarian terms means arguing that it is something else in disguise. But what if play is the real point of our lives? “Let us imagine a principle. Call it a principle of freedom. Let us imagine it to hold that the free exercise of an entity’s most complex powers or capacities will, under certain circumstances at least, tend to become an end in itself” (4,670 words)

On The Phenomenon Of Bullshit Jobs

In place of vanished productive jobs in industry and agriculture, we have administrative jobs, paper-pushing jobs, few of which are necessary, most of which are pointless or deadweight. But why? “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. And here, precisely, lies the mystery. In capitalism, this is precisely what is not supposed to happen” (2,000 words)

Of Flying Cars And The Declining Rate Of Profit

Futurologists thought we would have flying cars, force-fields, tractor beams, teleportation, antigravity sleds, immortality drugs and space colonies. But the only technologies to have advanced since the 1970s are those of simulation

Concerning The Violent Peace-Police

Occupy is intended as a non-violent protest movement. But should it therefore condemn all violence? No. “To oppose injustice through violent means is still morally superior to not doing anything to oppose injustice at all”

Occupy Wall Street’s Anarchist Roots

OWS guru says unstructured protest caught national imagination because Americans understand that something is “terribly wrong” with their country, and they don’t trust politicians to fix it. They want radical remedies

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