New Work New Culture A Manifesto by Frithjof Bergman

New Work

New Culture

A Manifesto

by Frithjof Bergman

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From the first day we took the view that the Job System was only one and a problematic and passing way to organize and structure work. We emphasized that the vast majority of people did not work in jobs for thousands of years, but that they worked on farms. The peculiar form of work that we call “jobs” is roughly only two hundred years old, as old as the Industrial Revolution, and even when that system was first introduced many were skeptical and announced ominous predictions. By now the Job System suffers from a manifold and virulent pathology, and the time has therefore come to organize work anew, from the ground up: the Job System is now dying and the next system, New Work has to be created. 4

What is New Work? This book is a long and complex answer to this question. But, here, by way of introduction is a very short reply. Central to New Work is a reversal. You can express it first in the language of means and ends. In much of the past the task to be performed, was the goal, the end, the purpose. The human being was used by others, or also by himself, as the tool, the instrument, the mere means for the achieving of this end. We, human beings, subordinated ourselves. We placed ourselves into the service of work that needed to be done.

New Work is an effort, that has now gone on for over twenty years, to reverse this: we should not be serving work, but work should serve us. The work we do should not drain and exhaust us, it should give us more strength and more energy, it should develop us into fuller human beings.

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A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. Drawing from seven decades of movement-building experience, Grace Lee Boggs shows how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities. From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities.

This groundbreaking book not only represents the best of Grace Lee Boggs, but the best of any radical, visionary thinking in the United States.

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Reading Grace Lee Boggs helps you glimpse a United States that is better and more beautiful that you thought it was.

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Grace Lee Boggs [is a] legendary activist.

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Grace Lee Boggs [is] one of the great freedom fighters in the history of this nation… a revolutionary in spirit, heart, and mind.

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Boggs Center Reading Book List From Grace Lee Boggs

Boggs Center Reading Book List

From Grace Lee Boggs


Phenomenology of Mind by G.W.F. Hegel

Science and the Modern World

By Alfred North Whitehead

Dreaming the Dark: By Starhawk; Appendix-”Burning Times”’

Staying Alive By Vandana Shiva

Death Of Nature By Carolyn Merchant

Small Is Beautiful By E.F. Schumacher

Leadership and Modern Science –

By Margaret Wheatley

Healing Civilization – By Claudio Naranjo

Permanence and Change By Kenneth Burke

Aquarian Conspiracy –

By Marilyn Ferguson (re Paradigm Shift)

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions By Thomas Kuhn


The School and Society By John Dewey

Community Based Education

By Gregory Smith & David Sobol

The End of Education By Neil Postman

The Disappearance of Childhood

By Neil Postman

Centuries of Childhood By Philippe Aries)

Handbook of Social Justice in Education –

ed: Ayers, Quinn and Stoval

(articles on Emancipatory Pedagogy)


I Call Myself an Artist – Charles Johnson


Listening To Africa – By Pierre Pradervand

Challenge From Africa – By Wangari Maathai

Food Movements Unite – ed. Eric Holt Giminez


Testament of Hope Essential Writings and Speeches,

Martin Luther King, Jr. Ed: James Melvin Washington

Autobiography of MalcolmX, with Alex Haley

The American Revolution – By James Boggs

Black Odyssey By Nathan Huggins

Ghosts In Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England

and the Caribbean By Jan Carew

Citizen Douglass by Nathan Huggins

Malcolm X at The Oxford Union –

by Saladin Ambar

James Boggs: Pages From A Black Radical’s Notebook – ed. Stephen Ward


The Modern World System By Immanuel Wallersteiin

Utopistics: Or Historical Choices of the Twenty-First Century By Immanuel Wallerstein

Conversations Between Grace Lee Boggs and Wallerstein (pamphlet)

The Great Transformation By Karl Polanyi

The Third Wave By Alvin Toffler

The City in History By Lewis Mumford


Revolution and Evolution in the 20th Century – By James & Grace Lee Boggs

The Next American Revolution – Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige

Thomas Jefferson The Declaration of Independence -By, Michael Hardt

Multitudes – Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

Blessed Unrest By Paul Hawken


Collected Poems – author, T. S. Elliot


New Work, New Culture – By Frithjof Bergman


The Reinvention of Work – By Matthew Fox

Environmental Crisis or Crisis of Epistemology – By Bunyan Bryant

WITH Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect – By David Orr

BOOK REVIEW • The Next American Revolution Reviewed by Greg Smith

BOOK REVIEW • The Next American Revolution

Reviewed by Greg Smith

Few, if any, U.S. leaders can match the long-term and sustained commitment to civil rights, social justice, and grassroots democracy of 95-year-old Detroit activist and intellectual Grace Lee Boggs. A friend of Malcolm X as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Boggs blends the vision and insights of a PhD-holding philosopher with the street-smart savvy of a community organizer. In her new book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, she provides a road map for individuals and communities ready and willing to respond to the challenges and contradictions of our special time “on the clock of the universe.” This special time, she says, requires a fundamental transformation of the way human beings have come to envision our lives on this small and increasingly imperiled planet. She believes that young people can be enlisted to play a significant role in the “re-building and re-spiriting” of our communities and that public school teachers have a major responsibility to ensure that this happens.

At the heart of Boggs’ critique of the current world system is the same concern about the “giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism” that King articulated in his 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In the nearly half century that has passed since this speech was given, Boggs argues, little has been done to resist, let alone reverse, the social and environmental consequences of these handmaidens of the corporate state and transnational capitalism. She goes on to say that little will continue to be done unless people reject the notion that we are victims of the systems and individuals who perpetuate these ills, and instead take up the responsibility to become the creators of an alternative society predicated on “hope, cooperation, stewardship, and respect.”

Central to this transformation must be a recognition that the lifestyles of most Americans are directly related to the exploitation of people in less advantaged countries and the planet itself. The shaping of a new social reality will require embracing frugality and rejecting the fruits of an economy based on endless growth and domination. This message will not be heard easily by people who already enjoy these benefits or by those who have long been denied but now aspire to them. Boggs writes:

The next American Revolution, at this stage in our history, is not principally about jobs or health insurance or making it possible for more people to realize the American Dream of upward mobility. It is about acknowledging that we Americans have enjoyed middle-class comforts at the expense of other peoples all over the world. It is about living the kind of lives that will not only slow down global warming but also end the galloping inequality both inside this country and between the Global North and the Global South. It is about creating a new American Dream whose goal is a higher Humanity instead of the higher standard of living dependent on Empire. It is about practicing a new, more active, global, and participatory concept of citizenship. It is about becoming the change we wish to see in the world. (p. 72)

Participating in this revolution means abandoning expectations of an endlessly increasing standard of living within and across generations—the carrot that has induced far too many of us to forego what is humane for what is comfortable. This revolution instead promises a deeper sense of connectedness and personal fulfillment. One of the consequences of capitalism is the relational, moral-ethical, and spiritual impoverishment that accompanies the pursuit of wealth and status. As Bill McKibben suggests in Deep Economy,people in the 20th century were fooled into believing that more and better are the same thing. Having enough is certainly essential, but more after a certain point does not make us happier. Boggs concurs: “Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers and to relate to other human beings.” (p. 60)