One more quickey link

A really interesting argument that Marx got a bunch of claims/predictions about capitalism right. (Though the author didn’t get Marx totally right… nothing unusual there, Marx is hard.) Sample:

Alienation. As workers were divorced from the output of their labor, Marx claimed, their sense of self-determination dwindled, alienating them from a sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. How’s Marx doing on this score? I’d say quite well: even the most self-proclaimed humane modern workplaces, for all their creature comforts, are bastions of bone-crushing tedium and soul-sucking mediocrity, filled with dreary meetings, dismal tasks, and pointless objectives that are well, just a little bit alienating. If sweating over the font in a PowerPoint deck for the mega-leveraged buyout of a line of designer diapers is the portrait of modern “work,” then call me — and I’d bet most of you — alienated: disengaged, demoralized, unmotivated, uninspired, and about as fulfilled as a stoic Zen Master forced to watch an endless loop of Cowboys and Aliens.

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3 Responses to “One more quickey link”

  1. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Is this a novel idea? I’ve been rereading my Elster recently, and even as long ago as 1985 (!) he seems to be of the view that Marx got an awful lot of things right about capitalism. No?

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Well, it’s a novel idea from people who aren’t Marx-leaning political theorists.

  3. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Ah. Quite so.

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