Monday, June 21, 2010

The know-nothing economy

“The degradation of work brings with it the decolonisation of knowledge; employers do not like the educated, above all the intelligent worker. Intelligence is prejudicial to output; the conveyor belt operative and the machine formed so perfect a symbiosis that an idea in the one had the same effect as damage in the other. Still absence of mind won’t do either; inattention and forgetfulness could occasion as many disasters as lucid thought; it is necessary to be there, a vigilance without content, a captive consciousness kept awake only the better to suppress itself.
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Communist and the Peace