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?