David Graeber’s “Bullshit Jobs” raises provocative questions about the state of our economy. He found in his research that a third of the workforce agreed that their jobs were “bullshit jobs” under the following definition:
A bullshit job is a form of paid employment that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence even though, as part of the conditions of employment, the employee feels obliged that this is not the case
Graeber raises important questions about the “psychological, social, and political effects” of this pernicious state of affairs and gives a compelling recap of the history of time, labor and work in a way that puts everything into perspective.
This book discussion guide was created to focus on ten key issues from the book:
- #1 Bullshit jobs definition – have you ever had a bullshit job?
- #2 Five types of BS jobs
- #3 “Shit” Jobs & Equal Pay Argument
- #4 From fried locusts to the “time famine”
- #5 Three types of unpaid labor
- #6 Public Sector vs. Private Sector
- #7 Service Economy? Or Not?
- #8 Politics: Obsessed with Jobs?
- #9 Brief History of Labor & Economics
- #10 The Answer: Oprah gives everyone UBI?
Just published! The Pathless Path is Paul's book about walking away from a "perfect" job with a promising future and starting over again. Through painstaking experiments, living in different countries, and a deep dive into the history of our work beliefs, Paul pieces together a set of ideas and principles that guide him from unfulfilled and burned out to what he calls "the pathless path" - a new story for thinking about work in our lives. Learn More & Buy The Book Here