More Paul Mann

Stupid Undergrounds, 168-169

Day Job

Best of all, furthest along its trajectory, is “zerowork,” the refusal to work, the refusal to bid for equal alienation, disappearing from the tax rolls, from the very category of the unemployed. But how then to survive? By hook and crook, and the stupid underground is rife with pipedreams and proven scams. Loompanics Press offers the libertarian illusion, at least, that one can get by in the American economy without ever having to hold a job, and they will send you information on how to (theft, phony credit, welfare scams, scrounging freebies, various black market economies). Or maybe you will try dealing drugs (too many down sides). Or being in a band, the archetypal boy-dream of play as work (as it turns out, too many down sides as well: venal managers, if you can even get one, larcenous promoters, an overpopulated market, weird compromises with industry and stupid audiences, and, after all, too much work). Not working is not easy, no matter how hard you work at it. Hence, as has always been the case for the underground, the phenomenon of the day job, an epitome of stupid.

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