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David Graeber’s bestseller stems from a popular, brave and subversive article he wrote in 2013. He acknowledges in the final sentences of the book that he is presenting his controversial argument to provoke thought, not to propose solutions. The first four chapters offer amusing anecdotes about stupid jobs, but the most thought-provoking material appears in chapters five through seven. Graeber’s insights may make you consider whether politicians, the wealthy – and even you – collude to keep yourself and many other employees trapped in a life of limited freedom dominated by the frustrations of meaningless work. While always politically neutral, getAbstract suggests Graeber’s treatise to those who question the basic elements of life and work that most folks take for granted. (Warning, as you might surmise, expect some profanity.)

In this summary, you will learn

  • What is fake work and whether you may have an empty job;
  • What effect meaningless work has on people and society; and
  • Why, despite its harmfulness, useless work keeps expanding.

About the Author

David Graeber is an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics. He formerly taught at Yale University.



What Happened to Utopia?

Pointless, meaningless and, in many cases, harmful jobs constitute more than half of all work performed in Western countries today. If companies eliminated worthless work and automated work that machines could do, people would work only a few hours a day.  

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