Essays

Re: Response to The American Prospect Book Review

by The Inmate The following is a letter I wrote to The American Prospect in response to “White-Collar Woes,” a review of Susan Reed’s book, White-Collar Sweatshop. Dear Overworked Editors, What is most interesting to ponder about American workers is not their dissatisfaction with work, but their seeming satisfaction.  Susan Reed writes in her review…

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Re: Work, Meaning and the Corporation

A Dialogue about Workby The Inmate Characters in alphabetical order Aristotle(384-322 B.C.), a Greek philosopher Francis Bacon(1561-1626), a philosopher, legalist and political figure Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel(1770-1831), a German philosopher The Inmate,(1958-???), a web developer Karl Marx(1818-1883), a German philosopher and economist J.S. Mill(1806-1873), an English philosopher Paul(10?-67?), Roman citizen and follower of Jesus Christ…

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Re: Escape?

by The Inmate A number of months ago I noticed a big billboard advertisement in downtown San Diego where I make deliveries five days out of the week.  At that time the ad had no picture accompanying it and simply stated: “Escape.  Your Boss.  Your Job.  Your World.”  I liked it.  I wished I had…

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Re: A Suitcase, 1967, and Fate

by The Inmate Recently my wife purchased a vintage suitcase.  As I was looking at it I noticed an old piece of paper slipped inside the pocket on the top.  I pulled it out.  It was an old typed letter.  The paper had yellowed and the black ink was somewhat faded.  It reads more like…

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Re: The Hellevator

by The Inmate Everything in modern city life is calculated to keep man from entering into himself . . . —Thomas Merton Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell. —Aldous Huxley One of the disadvantages of many types of work is “dead time.” This is not a result of laziness or incompetence but simply a…

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Re: A Case for Incompetence

by The Inmate Thankfully they’re not all that great when they’re here so I don’t miss them that much. —J.L., employee commenting on the absence of her colleagues All things considered the United States of America is not such a bad place to live.  However, contrary to what every politician on either side of election…

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Re: The Local News

by The Inmate Oliver: Good Monsieur Charles, what’s the new news at the new court? Charles:  There’s no news at the court, sir, but the old news . . . —William Shakespeare, As You Like It I wanted to write this essay many months ago, but the local news is such a necessity and so…

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Re: Veterans and Rookies

by The Inmate In which the author explains the difference between Vets and Rookies Sometimes that man gets hold of the idea of what he’s supposed to do in this world and he gets an idea of what it is possible for him to do and that man lets that idea guide him as he…

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Re: Sweatshops

by The Inmate As civilization moves forward, the shoe is bound to pinch in places, and it’s absurd to pretend that any one is responsible personally. —Henry Wilcox from E.M. Forster’s Howards End I do not like politics.  I have little respect for politicians.  As a general rule I do not comment on political news…

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Re: Management Speeches: Some Advice

by The Inmate These mythological words come to replace thought.  They are the modern equivalent of an intellectual void. —John Ralston Saul One of the more frustrating things in life is to attempt to accomplish something and in the attempt accomplish the opposite.  When I was in my early twenties, freshly graduated from college, I…

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