Ground Report | New Delhi: Reddit forum “r/antiwork”; So without warning, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the face of American working life in 2020, perhaps forever. Commuting to the job almost disappeared for anyone an essential worker is not considered when employers became digital operations. Most offices and companies have yet to bring all staff back. Hybrid work became the new buzzword and, it seemed, the new normal going forward.
The anti-work movement, he declares, “ attracts all kinds of people in many ways for different kinds of reasons, perhaps their relationships with themselves, with work … many people get the meaning of their lives from their work, from their works.
” So people think, ‘Oh if I don’t have a job, I’m not a human being.’ That’s a bit extreme, but some people feel that way, or they feel like they are less of a person because they don’t have a job. They struggle with the purpose or meaning of their life … and I think that’s something the anti-labor movement can seriously talk about: it’s not the only thing.
“ And I think that anti-work is a radical philosophy that tries to attack the systemic problems within capitalism, but I also think that this intuitive thing, where a lot of people try to achieve a work-life balance, a lot of people quit their jobs, a lot of people are fed up with how their companies handle covid and things like that ”contribute to increased commitment to anti-work online, she considers.
According to the description of the subreddit, the forum is “a place for people who want to finish work, are curious about finishing work, want to get the most out of a work-free life, want more information on anti-work views.”, and want personal help with their job/work-related struggles.”
Popular posts in the subreddit include an anti-capitalist and anti-work sentiment that suggests that structural norms for working in the US, such as the nine-hour workday and the average age of retirement, should be changed.
“This [platform] inspired me to finally quit my abusive job,” he posted to r/antiwork. “I may not have health insurance, but I feel very free!” Now, he said, they are in touch with a labor rights lawyer. Although, as with the Internet, there are doubts about the veracity of the exchange, the discussion speaks of both the erosion of workers’ rights and the growing intolerance of the people. (Reddit forum “r/antiwork” )
The recent explosion inactivity on r/antiwork aligns with the rise in union membership in the US and UK through the pandemic, and the “great resignation” as people quit or retreated from their jobs. It seems that it goes much deeper than the desire for change, to the acute dissatisfaction with the nature of the work.
In that post, the 41-year-old details how he got out of school in 1999, got a job as a programmer, and worked diligently for decades, including overtime.
“All it cost me was my hobbies … my relationships,” he writes. “ I am single at forty-one, I have elderly parents and a sister from another continent. I live in a horrible one-bedroom flat … I lost my hair to stress. “
The post continues: “Please don’t make my mistakes. Don’t sacrifice everything for an employer who doesn’t care about you. Don’t give up on the things you love because you think that answering emails at ten o’clock will somehow convince a distant and indifferent corporate body that you are worth it. “