Lost in Work

Escaping Capitalism

“Our entrance into work is unfree, and while we’re there, our time is not our own,” writes Amelia Horgan in this brisk treatise on what ails work, and what we should do about it. Horgan easily skewers the notion that work is (or can be) a source of fulfillment within the constraints of capitalism, and ventures towards various modes of contesting and resisting the harms it causes—to our bodies, minds, and communities. She lands, predictably but still potently, on the need for worker power. But hers isn’t a defensive posture so much as a provocative one: repairing our relationship to work requires upending whole strata upon which capitalism rests. No easy feat, that. But then, there’s no hope for us if we don’t try, either.