Are freelancers mini-CEOs, or part of the working class? I’ve got an article over at Jacobin today that looks at the class position of freelancers from a Marxist perspective. The article is adapted from a paper I presented at the Historical Materialism conference in New York City on April 25.
Here’s a little taste to whet your appetite:
There is no question that not having a boss has a great deal to offer: no office politics, no pantyhose, no sexual harassment from lecherous supervisors, no fetching anyone coffee, no commute. Freelancers also have the right to turn down projects, though that freedom of consent is contingent upon an abundance of work.
As appealing as these features are, though, they are not necessarily the material drivers of the decision to freelance.
You can read the rest at Jacobin— please do check it out!