I am here by chance, after reading an article on Luke Rhinehart’s webpage. He mentioned your book and I cant wait. I am looking forward to reading your way of thought – Escape Everything will be my introduction to your works.
I just wanted to… I don’t know really. The dice man sent me here so there.
E. in Sweden
Badge delivery just arrived Escapology HQ. What could it all mean?
The automation revolution is possible, but without a radical change in the social conventions surrounding work it will not happen. The real dystopia is that, fearing the mass unemployment and psychological aimlessness it might bring, we stall the third industrial revolution. Instead we end up creating millions of low skilled jobs that do not need to exist.
We’ve talked about automation a lot at this blog. Here’s a decent article by postcapitalist thinker Paul Mason in today’s Guardian.
It really does feel like New Escapologist is onto something sometimes, our ideas becoming increasingly pertinent by the day.
Escape Everything! Even cats are reading it.
Photos of Theo by Dan.
Speaking of the book, we got two very kind customer reviews at Amazon this week.
Most of us don’t like our jobs very much. We don’t do them to contribute to something great or because they give us pleasure. We do them because we have to. We were born into a world where money is necessary if we want to live indoors, and the only way apparent for non-gentry to earn money is through labour. It’s as simple as that.
Asked for a promotional item for the Penguin UK website (Escape Everything! is not quite a Penguin book, but thanks to a recent distribution deal it’s at least one of Penguin’s extended family), I wrote this.