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- Publisher: Free Choice Press; Electronic Edition edition (March 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2013
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Un-Jobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook Electronic Edition Kindle Edition
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Fogler believes that it's better for families to arrange to have lower expenses than to struggle for higher incomes. He makes some suggestions about how the average family can radically reduce its cost of living so that they can hope to live without have regular 9-5 jobs. Things that many feel they have to have in order to survive in this world, are actually superfluous to the good life. Good schools for the kids, that second car (or even that first car), and a large home with its maintenance costs and the attendant insurance policies deemed necessary to protect it are hardly essentials.
Fogler also points out how daily little savings can be made in the areas of clothing, food, and canned entertainment. All the little savings can add up to a big saving that frees people from routine, careerist work. It can free them to live in closer touch with their other family members, with community members, and with nature.
He points out that the only truly fulfilling work is "giving one's gifts back to the community." Anything done only for getting the carrot of money at the end of a stick is at least in part drudgery that wastes one's few precious years on this earth.
What little money Fogler occasionally needs in dealings with the larger cash-driven economy - he earns by giving guitar lessons or by doing neighborly carpentry work. He gives examples of what other un-jobbers have done to get the minimal amounts of cash they occasionally need to function in the larger society.
However, Fogler doesn't really address the question of what would happen if everyone, or even if a significant percentage of the population, gave up steady jobs and dabbled in artisan outputs this way. He seems to assume living in rural or semi-rural conditions. But I still think that big cities are fantastically vital places to live and that, because of their concentrations of infrastructure, they can also be very environmentally friendly. However it takes concerted effort to run many of the mammoth utilities that keep a city functioning. Collecting garbage, processing water, treating sewage, all require the coordinated efforts of thousands of employees. It's unlikely that enough people would regard such jobs as intrinsically rewarding enough to do them without cash pay. Also, these jobs, like being an airplane pilot, can't be performed in casual swatches of time. You have to commit to being there certain hours, Johnny-on-the-spot, to provide some consecutive intelligence to the operation.
Fogler doesn't even consider such questions in this slim volume. He doesn't answer the big questions of how our U.S. economy and the world economy could be re-oriented away from dependence on massive production/masive consumption. However, Fogler does mention that he often gives lectures on the topic of how to "Un-Job," and perhaps some of these larger issues get addressed in these face-to-face debates. There's also a very helpful list of resources at the end of this book, steering the reader to on-line sites, to un-jobbing communities, and to further reading on the subject.
Overall, this book will serve beautifully to jump-start you on the way to a simpler, freer life. It offers good advice and encouragement on dropping out the rat race. It also gives inspiring assurance that such defection from the 9-5 commuter swarm might not constitute shirking from honest work. Sitting on the porch and stopping to smell the roses might in many cases serve those around us better in the long run than scattering out to standard salaried jobs. Clearing one's life to make room for leisurely, simple enjoyments might be a way to answer a higher calling.