Book: The Brave New World of Work

Ok, yes, two books in a row with ‘Brave New World’ in the title. Amazon knows me well. This one is about the future of work and takes as its premise the death of the implicit contract of full-time employment for most everyone (at least everyone white and male) that existed in the US and much of Western Europe in the middle twentieth century.

There are some interesting ideas here about what might take its place, centered around the idea of ‘civil labor’, a sort of activist, publicly-funded but privately-organized community volunteerism. At least I think that’s what it is. The writing is the dull and opaque sort of academese that makes for hard reading.