It makes us sick: notes on affective labour, sanity, and post-Fordism

The division of leisure time is an insult - Abigail Rebakah Barr

A slightly polished version of a short talk for a panel discussion on post-Fordism and mental health with Hannah Black and Mark Fisher, as part of Auto Italia South East's Immaterial Labour Isn't Working 2013 event series.

Rethinking class: from recomposition to counterpower - Paul Bowman

In this article Paul Bowman draws a line between revolutionary class analysis and universalist utopianism and goes on to explore the history of different ideas of class and the elusive revolutionary subject. After exploring the intersecting lines of class and identity, he poses the challenge that we as libertarian communists face as we strive to create “cultural and organisational forms of class power [that] do not unconsciously recreate the... hierarchies of identity and exclusion” that are the hallmark of the present society.

Werqin’ 9 to 5: cursory notes on antiwork politics from Dolly Parton to Shangela Laquifa - Spitzenprodukte

Spitzenprodukte considers autonomist anti-work politics through the lenses of songs by Dolly Parton, Le Tigre and Shangela Laquifa.

Technology vs. civilization - Bertrand Louart

An essay in which the author claims that “technology is the most highly perfected Materialized Ideology”; “it was not by chance that the Stalinists supported the French nuclear power program that required, for its security and operation, a powerful and centralized power, the political form of power that they have always admired”.

Life within and against work: affective labor, feminist critique, and post-Fordist politics - Kathi Weeks

Kathi Weeks examines immaterial and affective labour from a feminist perspective, drawing on the work of both Arlie Hochschild and C.W. Mills.

Work and non-work - Owen Hatherley

Chungking Express

A short history of the refusal of work as a revolutionary strategy.

Imagining non-work - Kathi Weeks

Imagining non-work - Kathi Weeks

Kathi Weeks discusses how even our concepts of leisure are defined in relation to work, and how we might escape work's domination of life.

How to be idle - Tom Hodgkinson

Sleep in, drink in the day and have sex at 1 in the morning, How to be Idle argues that we reject work ethic for a life of leisure.

Negative solidarity and post-Fordist plasticity

Short piece on the hostility towards strikes and possibilities of a response away from traditional trade unions.

Work: reading guide's guide to reading around the subject of work and wage labour in capitalist society, and struggles against them.