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How do anarchist deal with hierarchies (in a job they must or want to keep, for example)?

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asked Nov 17, 2015 by anonymous
i feel like the only thing anyone can do to improve their lives is to try to change it one step at a time

2 Answers

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i like the question. lots of room to explore beyond jobs.

i daydreamed, i antagonized the people who tried to make me conform the most, i milked the system the best i could for time off (much of it unauthorized), i drove home screaming to no one in particular, and i constantly envisioned myself leaving jobs altogether (which i eventually did), all while doing above average work so as not to get fired while i still felt i needed the money.

from what i hear from people about most jobs today, that strategy might not work that well any more. i'd likely not last as long today as i did during those years (which i only could endure until my early 30's). it sounds like people never really get "off the clock" much today.
answered Nov 17, 2015 by bornagainanarchist (8,480 points)
edited Nov 17, 2015 by bornagainanarchist
it all really depends though, i know lots of fairly middle class people of have tons of free time.
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It depends on the job for me. Currently I work at a job where there is a definite hierarchical organizational structure but within the part of the place I work, there are only four of us, and the manager is, most of the time, only a manager when it comes to signing off on reimbursement checks, annual reviews, report writing, and running interference between me and upper management. Most of the time I ignore that there is a hierarchy, but do so with some degree of caution and wariness.

As far as with upper management, I just avoid them as much as possible, and occasionally find small ways to poke at them or otherwise feel better by lashing out, but as BA@ suggested, the degree of open hostility possible has shifted in my adult life.

In previous jobs there was either an almost total lack of hierarchy (one job there were two staff who ran our particular parts of the agency, and a somewhat uninvolved board of directors who were so enamored with us as people that we basically had almost free reign to do what we needed how we wanted), or there was open hostility. The last job I had that was not in the not-for-profit world I openly criticized the upper management, helped in trying to openly organize a union, stole from work (it was a book store with an art supply section), disappeared for an hour at a time (either to go have a nap, talk to friends/my partner who also worked there, or to have a "liquid lunch break"), flyers and zines were mass produced in the evenings on their copy machines, experiments turning ball point pens and rubber bands into semi-deadly projectile weapons happened. The only thing I didn't do was surf the web (they were really uptight about employees being online for some reason, which is funny considering how many books I absconded with).
answered Nov 18, 2015 by ingrate (21,930 points)
edited Nov 23, 2015 by ingrate
As a side note, all the jobs I touched on are ones that I have had for the purposes of survival. Some of them I have been more emotionally invested in, but if I didn't need them, I wouldn't have done them. I guess I bring that up because I think talking about the first two makes it sound like they were really awesome or totally nice environments, and they were/are definitely still jobs, and as such compromises with my ideals or how I would like to be living sans capitalism and such.