How to Steal Yourself from your Boss: Part 1

“Let inspiration find you at work.”

-Pablo Picasso

This is for people who hate the American dream.  For those who’s lives wont reflect the generic white picket fence cliche . You know something is seriously fucked up.  You’ve spent the last three years at the same dead end job doing the same work day in and day out with no end in sight.  It is like you are the means to your bosses end.  Well consider this! The word ‘boss’ is derived from the dutch word ‘baas’ which means master.  If you have a boss that you answer to you are not free.

Freedom:

1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

2. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

3. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

Acknowledge you are a slave.
  You have two choices: starve and suffer on the streets or get a job.  These binary contingencies leave few viable options.  One cannot subsist normally as an organism without subjugating oneself to authoritarian control.  The job system is a direct manipulation of our very instinctual drive for survival and freedom:
 1. If you work for someone you relinquish your right to act as you see fit and speak as you see fit and instead conform to the expectations of your employer.
2. Employment is domination by authoritarian control.  You don’t vote at your job, it is not a democracy, it is a dictatorship by an employer.
3.  You agree to rent yourself to the commands of a boss for 8 hours a day.  There is a small difference between renting yourself and selling yourself.

If your working for someone right now your situation is known as “Wage Slavery.”  It is a softer form of the older slave forms known as “Chattel Slavery.”  Chattel Slavery was a form of slavery instituted in the American Southern States. There are few differences between the two:

Differences 

Chattel Slavery:  If you own a person you are responsible for them 24/7 so you are forced to pay for all of their expenses. (food, shelter, clothing, medical)

Wage Slavery:  If you rent a person you are only responsible for them for the time you agreed they will do your bidding. Instead of paying for their expenses you give them the money to take care of their own expenses. (food, shelter, clothing, medical)

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Chattel Slavery: You belong to a single owner.  If you leave you will be caught and brought back.

Wage Slavery:  You belong to a class of business owners.  If you leave and can’t survive you will be forced to sell your labor once again.

Similarities

1.  Neither system allows the subjects to own the product of their labor. A persons work is owned by the master/employer and all profits of that work go to the master/employer.

2.  Both systems don’t allow parties to live off of society unless one subject oneself to control by another.    

American freedom has been hijacked by this industrial business model.  Our concept of work has slowly been diluted by the idea of a job.  More than likely you do it for the money than the enjoyment. Instead of finding a specialized niche of artistry you settle for degrading labor that is monotonous and boring. Most peoples jobs are completely opposite to their vocation.

Vocation: a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.  (Vocation comes from the latin Vocare; it is an inner calling.)

Your work should be geared towards enriching the things that interest you and not the things that interest your boss.

In the following posts I am going to outline a proper methodology for using your ‘downtime’ at work to begin a specialized apprenticeship for your vocation.

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