TOTW: Anarchists Work
For most anarchists, at least in North America, work plays some role in our lives. While there are still anarchists who elevate work as a (or sometimes the) terrain on which our battles will be waged (and presumably won?), many anarchists are somewhere between critical and antagonistic to the concept of work. To be clear, this is hardly a new or groundbreaking development in the spheres of anarchist thinking, but often it comes down to conversations about to work or not to work, or what are more and less legitimate fields of employment for anarchists to enter in to. I assume the answer to the first is, “not if you don’t have to,” and to the second, “there are less but probably not more legitimate jobs.”
Instead, I am curious what are the ways that anarchists inject anarchy into your work lives? Either in your workplace struggles, or just as an effort to disrupt the normal flow of business. Do you show open hostility to the higher-ups? What are the benefits (since the pitfalls are pretty glaringly obvious)? Do you work to foster more decentralized (or at least less hierarchical) decision-making and relationships? For those who find themselves in positions where open actions are not viable, do you find ways of inserting moments of anarchist absurdity into the mix?
What happens when the boss catches on? For example, I have worked places that were very accepting of me being openly an anarchist but rigidly hierarchical, and places with strict lines of authority where sometimes the bosses thought my meager moments of resistance were hilarious, and even encouraged them. Most often, it is somewhere between those. How does your anarchy keep you sane or allow you to navigate your jobby-job?
Or perhaps maybe I should ask, does it?