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  • The Disappearing Art Of Maintenance

    Really fantastic article on maintenance, and how the concept has gradually disappeared from modern capitalism:

    [The maintainance team’s] knowledge is only worth so much, however. The real challenge is creating an economic system that values labor outside of profit-driven production. Many have rightfully called for a revaluing of care work in recent years. Maintenance workers deserve a similar revival in attention — but not only that. The price mechanism, and the labor system built around it, is fundamentally opposed to maintenance, both in its narrowest practical applications and in its broadest philosophical implications. The fact that the failures of capitalism happened to encourage maintenance practices at the margins is not worth emulating, and we shouldn’t be waiting around for climate change to recreate that austerity at a global scale. It must be valued on its own terms, and that means tearing down the economic system that rejects it. 
    (via Keith Dawson)

    (tags: via:kdawson maintenance repair technology infrastructure culture capitalism sustainability)