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From David Graeber, author of 'Debt: The First 5000 Years' and 'Bullshit Jobs', in Politico.eu, of all places:

Lessons from coronavirus: Not all jobs are `bullshit'

Crises tend to reveal unacknowledged truths. In 2008, we learned that the majority of the financial wizards we had been taught to treat with awe for the previous two decades were, in fact, little more than scam artists -- and rather clumsy ones, at that.

The coronavirus, and resulting lockdowns, is teaching us an even more startling lesson: that a very large portion of what we call "the economy" is little more than just another scam.

It's hard to know what else to conclude when literally millions of highly paid office workers have been forced to stay away from the office, to reduce their work to 10 or 15 minutes a day, or often nothing at all, without having the slightest impact on those essential functions that keep the public fed, clothed, distracted and alive.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed May 27th, 2020 at 05:32:40 PM EST

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