Probably one of the biggest unacknowledged impacts of capitalism on our life is the artificial scarcity of time.

Without capitalism, we could all work less. We could rest more. We could let selfcare, play and creation come intuitively. A lot of things don’t need to be scheduled.
We could just let time happen without any obligation to make a particular use of it.

@queeranarchism the 8 hour workday is actually one of my leading bits when I'm propagating to Liberals. I find starting with Marxist labor value jargon is off-putting and just confusing to the revolutionary illiterate.

@queeranarchism That comes from basing the system on scarce money. To get our time back we have to get to post-scarcity money such as mutual credit.

@queeranarchism I do think an idea of limited time has its benefits though. Left to my own devices, if I have nothing I need to do, and not a single deadline, my life becomes a mess. I sleep more than half the day, don't eat enough, play too much games, watch a lot of TV, etc. My general mood deteoriates and I get very demotivated. That said, if I have too many deadlines and time seems to be dwindling, the same occurs 🤔🤔🤷‍♂️


Without capitalism there would still be some deadlines. Getting dinner done by the time people are hungry, harvesting food before winter, getting medication produced before supplies run out, etc. You could choose tasks with deadlines depending on what suits you.

But we would all work far less hours and wouldn't have to prioritize getting enough sleep and self-care to maintain a 40 hour workweek, most tasks wouldn't need a scheduled 9-to-5. So we'd have far more time to just do whatever

Plus, a lot of the current mess in our life is the result of obligation and a lack of agency.

Most of us love something like cooking, fixing things, even cleaning. But as a job it becomes a chore.

Without capitalism, much of our mindset would change from 'are my assigned tasks done?' to 'can I contribute to some fun things that need doing today?'.

We might do some agreed upon tasks to meet necessary deadlines, but a lot of work would be spontaneously helping each other out.

Can I ask why you responded that? 'cause I find shitpost replies on not-shitpost toots to be very annoying and I wish people would stop doing that.

@queeranarchism hi, ok, I replied that way because (my opinion only), I don’t think we will EVER IN OUR LIFETIMES, stop having capitalism, so it’s boring, counterproductive, and stupid to wish it to be gone. Also, I may have been drunk, I don’t recall.

@Ball then you might wanna mute me because I fantasize about worlds without capitalism aaaaaaall the time.
Time management without capitalism, hospitals without capitalism, mental health without capitalism.
Often as a building block towards ‘and how do we create that thing NOW’, but the dream itself is time well spend in my book.

@queeranarchism I knew this would turn into a sales pitch to buy your book

@Ball I suspect that our communication styles and things we want from this playform are so different that we are gonna annoy the fuck out of each other no matter what. Maybe better to keep our distance.

@queeranarchism So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
It doesn't help to know you're just time away
Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh how I wish I could but you're so far away
One more song about moving along the highway
Can't say much of anything that's new
If I could only work this life out my way
I'd rather spend it being close to you
But you're so far away

@queeranarchism we could melt down every alarm clock for the abominations that they are, and turn them into something worthwhile

@queeranarchism It is pretty absurd, that the whole goal of work is to make life easier, but once life gets easier suddenly we're called unworthy, unemployed and worthless. Ideally we'd all want to be unemployed, with all of our jobs automated, so that way we could help our friends out with our time, rather than spending it in servitude of an employer who is very likely not our friend.


YES! And then some people will go 'but I like parts of my job'.

Then you like some kinds of work. Most people do. We constantly do work purely for fun, cooking, creating, building. Work can be great.

But employment, be it in a job or the urgency to constantly sell your labor as a freelancer, that steals our lives from us.

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