May 15, 2014

Work to Rule

Filed under: Freedom — Tags: , — Russ @ 4:45 am


Here’s an action which attained modestly good results, but which also provides an example of what could be done if a critical mass of workers broke free of system indoctrination and determined to stop giving free labor and self-sacrificial obedience to economic and political hierarchies.
Imagine if all workers acted toward employers (and all citizens toward the government, where it comes to laws, regulations, etc.) the way those hierarchies act toward us. If we stopped being altruistic toward them, stopped being self-sacrificial, stopped cooperating in order to make up for the idiocies of the corporatist system, wherever such cooperation would be for the benefit of elites rather than for ourselves, the system would jam up and collapse very quickly.
Of course that wouldn’t really be reciprocating the way they act toward us, since Work to Rule means punctiliously following the rules. Government and employers, on the other hand, feel free to break each and every one of their own rules whenever they like.




  1. Amen. This would be great. I’m going to keep it in the back of my mind! I laughed, thinking about what would happen at Wal-Mart, for example, if the employees did this.

    Comment by DualPersonality — May 15, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    • Maybe it’s been done at Walmart before. Look it up. Although, Walmart not being a food server, its work guidelines might be more vague. But there’s probably some way to do this there, as everywhere.

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2014 @ 10:11 am

  2. I have a relative that works at WalMart, and is very diligent and quick to self-sacrifice. I’ll be interested to see where he ends up. I suspect he dreams of becoming a manager, but don’t know for sure. He might actually make it. Ironically, his brother was a manager and absolutely hated it. He left WalMart pretty swiftly.

    Comment by DualPersonality — May 15, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    • Being a floor supervisor or whatever must be awful, between having to be willing to treat the workers the way you have to, and submitting to being constantly kicked in the head from above, always having to say “thank you sir, may I have another?” Like that Starbucks manager in the piece. It says a lot about the quality of person who would want such a job.

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

      • How about just walking around and existing in a Walmart for 8 hours or so? I couldn’t even stand 4 minutes and I was there of my own free will and accord. I quote Monty Python in “The Holy Grail”… “run away, run away….”

        Comment by Pete — May 16, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

      • Even by big store standards, it’s an ugly environment.

        Comment by Russ — May 17, 2014 @ 5:11 am

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