Lying Flat, Anti-Work and Quiet Quitting — A Crisis within Capitalism

Quiet Quitting

From the ashes of The Great Resignation, a new subculture is brewing, and it's that of not officially resigning at all, but not putting in anything above and beyond what the job description entails. They're calling it Quiet Quitting. It's the equivalent of Constructive Dismissal. The employee constructively quits but does not do so formally.

Quiet Quitting meme

Lying Flat

In China, they have been Lying Flat for years now. The version of capitalism there is brutal. They have a 996 working hour system where employees work from 9 am to 9 pm for 6 days a week. It's simply brutal. The younger generation is protesting against the system. They are increasingly choosing a much easier lifestyle. The Lying Flat movement is a resistance movement that is a direct result of the diminishing returns of the rat race.

Lying Flat

Anti-Work

There is the Anti-Work Subculture which is fundamentally against work under the capitalistic mode of production. Anti-Work is driven by the subreddit r/antiwork which demands unemployment for all not just the rich. The subreddit has 2.2m Idlers (just idling, not working at all)

These minor trends are a Sign

These and other trends are showing us signs of a system suffering from an internal crisis. Many (especially the young GenZs) do not want to be part of the system as it is. Yes, we can say Nobody wants to work anymore under this system. The criticism has always been directed to social utopias when economists say that under socialism nobody really wants to work. We are witnessing the same things play out under the capitalist mode of production. Nobody wants to work anymore, and the robots are not yet fully here to take over.

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Ryan Gosha

Ryan Gosha

Financial Analyst, Cloud Accountant, Citizen Data Scientist, FPL Boss