When ‘Do What You Love’ Is A Trap But ‘Do What You’re Paid For’ Is Too

In the Times this week, psychologist and author Barry “Paradox Of Choice” Schwartz pointed out that the vast majority of us don’t like our jobs or find them meaningful, and that that’s a huge waste of human potential.

The Argument for Processed Food

If we are going to eat well in the future, we have to continue to modernize our food production instead of looking to the past.

“Behind Every Jane Jacobs Comes Giuliani with his Nightstick.”

Mueller’s painting with too broad a brush. Not so much a broad brush, even: a flamethrower.

Canadian Health Care Awesomeness: Is It As Awesome As It Seems?

Our Feelings Aside, Sex Work Is a Labor Issue

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, politics, and the internet. In past lives she has worked at a feminist foundation, been a member of the Exotic Dancers’ Union, and co-edited a book with me back in 2010. Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, is not a juicy memoir, and it is not a debate about whether sex work should or shouldn’t exist. Instead it challenges the myths we perpetuate about sex work, and examines how our ‘feelings talk’ and theoretical debate can be a distraction from the more immediate labor and human rights issues that sex workers are actually dealing with, and dying from, all the time.

The Privilege of Doing What You Love

The aphorism of “Do what you love” (DWYL) is the work mantra of our time, but the ability to pursue work out of love and not economic necessity is also a privilege.

On “Militancy” and Fast Food Strikes

In Jacobin, Trish Kahle writes about the low-wage strike movement, about how her own experience with striking got her better pay, and why the Left should move beyond their conceptualizing labor unions like the SEIU as “monoliths incapable of change.”

‘It’s a sordid business, temping.’

Not Everyone is Fond of the Rolling Jubilee

But there has been some criticism as well, or at least, some questions about what the Rolling Jubilee will actually be able to accomplish in the grand scheme of things (it won’t for example, actually get the banks to change any of their unfair lending practices).