The Workin’ Life: A Special Report

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“So, what do you do?” It’s the party question guaranteed to stir up a cocktail of anxieties. In the ancien régime, Miss Manners tells us, the question would have been impertinent, at least among aristocrats, whose badge of honor was that they didn’t do anything. Today, to a dangerous degree, we are what we do. No wonder, then, that downsizing, while all the rage on Wall Street in the late ’80s, terrified even the toughest yuppie. A different kind of rage could be detected among the employees left behind, such that even shareholders noticed the effect on morale and performance. One result: a new corporate enthusiasm for “soul” in the workplace. Milton Moskowitz takes measure of this movement and lists 20 companies he believes embody it. Ann Monroe and Marci Baker interview several New Yorkers who have found soul-satisfying work. And Daniel Yankelovich warns that winning companies must rebuild employee trust to compete in the global economy. Will they? Even as the economy has soared, secure and fulfilling jobs remain elusive for most. Josh Clark interviews experts who argue those jobs are gone forever, a prediction that leaves a vexing question for the entire nation: “So, what do you do?”

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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