About my job hunt

I have been desperately seeking gainful employment, which I define as conforming to the conditions of article seven in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights,[1] since the dot-com crash in 2001. I have done everything everybody says to do. I have put myself on job boards, applied for countless positions, networked, sought informational interviews, had my résumé professionally written, returned to school, finished a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D.

I am utterly baffled as to how it is that any of article seven should be even remotely controversial:

The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensure, in particular:

(a) Remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with:

(i) Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work;

(ii) A decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the present Covenant;

(b) Safe and healthy working conditions;

(c) Equal opportunity for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no considerations other than those of seniority and competence;

(d ) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay, as well as remuneration for public holidays[2]

It is, at this point, crystal clear that on those exceedingly rare occasions I even get an interview, it is so hiring managers or committees can claim to have interviewed somebody besides their pre-selected candidate. I am not interested in participating in any more such charades.

Through all of it, I receive zero useful feedback that would enable me to see how to, if it is even possible, adjust what I am doing. I have occasionally received critiques of my professionally-written résumé from other companies that want money to professionally write my résumé—when it seems quite apparent that the money I spent having my résumé professionally written in the first place was entirely wasted. These critiques have failed to adequately address my situation and are therefore even less compelling than that offered by my first professional résumé writer.

My Ph.D. is in Human Science and I have a lot to offer but what I find is a system that seeks any excuse it can find to not even consider me, whether it be my age, an uneven employment history (I’ve been struggling to find work for a long time), my miserably failed attempt to change careers, my poverty[3] (expressed as a credit rating, which is not helped by my student loan debt), and who knows what all else.

At some point, I have to say this isn’t about me or my failings anymore, that I have done everything that can be done, and that I have to acknowledge that nothing I do makes any difference: I am being systematically excluded from the job market and I need a job hunt process that works for me. The standard bullshit doesn’t work and I am beyond fed up with it.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.[4]

Further, I have taken enough of the insult implicit in the notion that I am not worth what it costs to live, that I am somehow not worthy of human rights[5] recognized almost anywhere else in the world except in the United States,[6] and thus in effect that I am not human, but subhuman.

So to some degree, this page is a “fuck you.” Fuck you to all the assholes who have denied my humanity, denied my dignity. I hold you in utter contempt. I wish you a suffering ten times greater than my own for your malevolence.

What I am not

First and foremost, I am not really a radical. People may think I am because I “attempt to see [the world] as it actually is,” rather than “through the lenses of what [we] have been told it should be.” In so doing, they confound the embrace of foundational mythology with pragmatism, but “[i]t is a false [that is, what most people call] radicalism that is ultimately pragmatic.[7]

I am clearly not a marketer or salesperson of any kind. If I were, I would have managed to sell my way into a job by now. This also means that any attempt I make at entrepreneurship is doomed to failure—this requires sales ability and my Ph.D. is sufficiently amorphous that it is unclear what, exactly, I would be “selling.” It also means I can’t just write a book: Yes, I can write the book, but authors are now required to market their work and I can’t do that. Finally, it means I cannot successfully seek grants to pay for scholarly work.

I am not really a high technology person. Yes, I started out of college the first time as a computer programmer in the late 1970s. But I burned out on programming by 1985 and I’ve now bounced out of this industry and landed hard three times; the last, with the dot-com crash in 2001, seemingly irreparably. I have found increasingly that the latest developments baffle me, and not in a good way. I am not intrigued, but irritated. I just want things to work and my patience is blown with arrogant assholes who don’t take responsibility for their shit.[8] A lot of change seems to be change for change’s sake: It does not appear to me that anyone is even asking users if we want these changes rammed down our throats or what changes would suit us better; instead, we have change simply because arrogant assholes think it’s cool.

I am also not impressed with big data (mining) or artificial intelligence idiocy. These appear 1) to confound even utterly spurious correlation with causation, 2) to substitute superficial quantitative data for the much harder work of rich understanding, and 3) to do both on a massive scale. Results will be stupid and almost certainly will be catastrophic. Quantitative results need to be treated much more often as questions rather than answers; high technology has little capacity to do this, but worse, shows little curiosity in doing this.

I also will not be involved in anything unethical. That means, at least in part:

  • No deception of any kind. Deception includes both lying and the withholding of relevant information. It undermines personal autonomy.[9] I understand this to include all forms of sales and marketing, public relations, and propaganda. It also includes any support or tolerance for neoliberalism, which persists ideologically,[10] despite being utterly discredited intellectually.[11] In general, I will not subscribe to, nor will I support, any epistemological theory[12] in which a claim held to be true either merely because wealthy or powerful people say it is true or merely because it protects or benefits such people.[13]

  • Research or inquiry must protect participants and ensure that they benefit as well. This includes fairness, informed consent, voluntary participation, confidentiality, and anonymization. I will respect both individual and group rights.[14]

  • In general, I oppose structural (denying important rights, such as to adequate food, shelter, health care, and self-actualization[15]) and physical violence against human and non-human animals[16]:

    • I reject the neoliberal devaluation, particularization, and essentialization of human beings as economic units of production compelled to compete with other human beings on conditions (such as the cost of living, environmental regulation, and labor regulation) over which they have little or no control. I will seek to undermine employers who revel in their freedom to abuse commodified human or non-human beings. Such abuse includes low pay, poor working conditions, and the exploitation of non-human animals.

    • Max Weber saw capitalism—but his point applies to any market system of exchange—as inherently privileging whomever has the greater power to say no, that is, the rich. The benefits and handicaps that follow from each act of exchange, each transaction, are cumulative; hence, economic systems of exchange inherently function to widen social inequality.[17] I have personal experience with these effects. I abhor them. I will seek to undermine this ideology at every opportunity.

  • I am not tolerant of bigots, whether they be wealthy and powerful[18] or members of any subaltern group, who insist or imply that their particular grievance is the only injustice that needs attending to or that their’s is somehow more pressing than anyone else’s.[19] What I see much too often is that I am asked to set aside my own grievances in favor of those of another group, when in fact it is all of our grievances that require addressing, now, not later.

    Scott Sernau described the relationship between race, class, and gender as that of a Gordian knot and warned that students of social inequality tend to focus on the particular forms of inequality that they suffer from.[20] We would likely add more ways of differentiating ourselves, like sexual preference, gender identification, and ability to those today, making the problem of intersectionality all the more complex.[21]

    Kyriarchy, the system of power relations among these identity categories, probably ultimately resolves to the level of individuals in varying contexts and what needs to be clear here is that power relationships are the problem. Substituting one power relationship for another or enabling some formerly excluded persons to exercise power over others does not solve the problem but rather merely enables different actors to replicate the violence of the former arrangement.

  • Having suffered both structural and physical violence in my life,[22] I will act to affirm the development of human and non-human animals to their capabilities.[23]

I need to live but I also need to be able to live with myself. At this point, after so many years of failure, I am not clear even on what jobs I should be seeking.

What I should be

I suppose most people might be tempted to skip over the acknowledgments frequently found in the front matter of books. I tend to pause for them, perhaps unintentionally, perhaps out of excessive curiosity, to gain a better sense of the authors. I recently found this, from one more fortunate than myself:

Although I am not a gambler, I also thank Lady Luck for being employed as a tenured professor, which makes my academic production possible. It might have been otherwise. Countless potential discoveries, innovations, and advancements are never made because most faculty and intellectuals have been discarded, living as coffee baristas and wait staff versus the alternative of a homeless existence in a McDonaldized contingent academia.[24]

The presumption that attends a Ph.D., a research degree accrediting its bearer as a “producer” of knowledge, is that I should be in academia, conducting research/inquiry, teaching classes. Alas, under neoliberalism this has become considerably more difficult. As I wrote earlier on a page that is now off line,

Unfortunately, under neoliberalism, higher education has largely gone the other way [from preparation for the responsibilities of citizenship]: We layer quantitative metrics on top of quantitative metrics in the name of “accountability;” we see the word “entrepreneurship,” a word that should never be used in the context of education, emblazoned across Ivy League university web sites as they promote their job training programs; academic departments retreat from funding cuts by reinforcing the high walls around their intellectual silos; positivism (or post-positivism, if you insist) ascends not on its own merit but in an emphasis on a naïve view of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); all while low-paid adjuncts enable ever richer university administrations. As Christian Smith puts it, “[t]he manure has piled up so deep in the hallways, classrooms, and administration buildings . . . that,” he writes, “I am not sure how much longer I can wade through it and retain my sanity and integrity.” Smith and I share an ideal of what the university is supposed to be. He laments “our crisis of faith in truth, reality, reason, evidence, argument, civility, and our common humanity.”[25] But given a choice he has and I seem not to, (I’m pretty sure he and) I would be nowhere else.

In 2015, Saybrook University began “teaching out” (closing down) its Human Science program. I completed the program later that year, formally graduating early the next. But with the toll austerity is taking on academia,[26] the siloization of the social sciences, and the apparent absence of any other human science program in academia, there is little to no opportunity for a transdisciplinary (or, as I prefer it, post-disciplinary) scholar such as myself to find even an adjunct position.

And if indeed I am wasting my time applying for such positions, then it is not only my time I am wasting, but that of those (my dissertation committee) who so generously write very nice reference letters on my behalf.[27] The truth is I can’t tell whether or not my application in academia will be taken seriously. What I do know is that whether it would land me a tenure track or other position or, as historically seems most likely, it would end up in the bit bucket, the reference letters are a required part of that application. How many such letters can I ask for? How many should I ask for?

It might help if I had published more than my dissertation, but scholarly work takes time, resources, and the marketing ability to write a successful grant proposal. I am poor. I need funding I can’t get. In this way, academia excludes me. That this is the case crushes me.

What I am

I am highly educated, a critical theorist,[28] a vegetarian ecofeminist (vegan and anarchist),[29] a systems theorist,[30] a qualitative researcher,[31] and a writer. My Ph.D. is in Human Science. My dissertation critically examined conservative attitudes on unauthorized migration.[32] I have survived (barely) on the underbelly of capitalism for decades and am not a fan: I see both economic and political authority as extremely problematic. I care a great deal about the environment and about social, economic, and environmental justice.

And politically, it has to be said that over a period spanning decades, I’ve heard a lot of promises—a lot of hot air and a lot of crocodile tears—from politicians, especially neoliberal politicians, about jobs.[33] I’ve heard that bullshit and I’ve heard that bullshit. And for all of it, I still don’t have a job. I’m not interested in promises. I want a real job. Now.


(contact information; I am on a lease in the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Education:

  • Ph.D., Human Science, January 2016, Saybrook University, San Francisco
  • M.A., Speech Communication, June 2009, California State University, East Bay, Hayward
  • B.A., Mass Communication, Dec. 2005, California State University, East Bay, Hayward
  • A.A., Business Data Processing, 1979, American River College, Sacramento

Writing and Teaching: I am a capable writer and college-level teacher with a focus on making difficult information easy to understand:

  • California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542 (June 2007 – June 2009)
    Taught public speaking classes, which included assigning, reviewing and grading student essays. Supervised tutors in the communication lab from April 2007 – June 2008.
  • Linuxcare, 650 Townsend St., Ste. 120, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Nov. 1999 – Feb. 2001)
    Worked as a technical writer, preparing user support materials, as well as system certification and solution validation reports.

Driver Supervision: I am an experienced driver and dispatcher and know how to work with drivers and perform back office work supporting drivers:

  • American Airport Shuttle, 120 Willow St., San Francisco, CA 94109, (October 2000 – June 2003)
    Worked as a dispatcher, answering phones, entering orders, assigning routes, coordinating via radio with drivers for airport shuttle service and taxi service.
  • Radio Cab, 49C Industrial Way, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (May 1994 – August 1997)

Tech literacy: My background includes computer programming and operation.

  • San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave., San Francisco CA (September 1986 – December 1990)
    Worked graveyard shift, running nightly batch jobs. I developed new system monitoring programs, and worked with field maintenance personnel to ensure proper system operation.
  • Quinn Company, 10273 S. Golden State Hwy, Selma, CA (December 1981 – May 1985)
    Business applications programmer for Caterpillar Tractor. Maintained existing and developed new or replacement programs as needed.
  • Electronic Data Systems, Reno, NV(August 1980 – December 1981)
    Sole systems analyst/programmer on contract to U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office.

Driving: I have extensive experience as a driver and understand the support systems drivers need.

  • Uber, 1455 Market St #400, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Dec. 2016 – present)
  • Lyft, 185 Berry St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Sept. 2016 – present)
  • Emerald City, 10811 Russet St., Oakland, CA 94603 (Jan. 2018 – Oct. 2018)
  • Top Shelf Medicinal, 414 Lesser, Oakland, CA 94601 (Apr. 2017 – Dec. 2017)
  • Yellow Checker Cab, 1880 S. 7th St., San Jose CA 95112 (May 2005 – September 2006)
  • North Bay Cooperative Taxi, 301 Irwin St., San Rafael CA 94901 (May 2001- November 2001)
  • Luxor Cab, 2230 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124 (Dec. 1997 – Dec. 1999)
  • Sausalito Cab, 3000 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (Aug. 1997 – Dec. 1997)
  • Radio Cab, 49C Industrial Dr., Greenbrae, CA 94904 (May 1994 – Aug. 1997)
  1. [1]International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, December 16, 1966, United Nations, General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI), https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/cescr.aspx
  2. [2]International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, December 16, 1966, United Nations, General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI), https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/cescr.aspx
  3. [3]Susan Chenery, “Poverty and ageing: ‘we’re swept under the carpet and pushed aside,’” Guardian, April 24, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/25/poverty-and-ageing-were-swept-under-the-carpet-and-pushed-aside; Patricia Cohen, “Lots of Job Hunting, but No Job, Despite Low Unemployment Lots of Job Hunting, but No Job, Despite Low Unemployment,” New York Times, November 1, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/business/economy/long-term-unemployed.html
  4. [4]Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “What are Human Rights?” http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/WhatareHumanRights.aspx
  5. [5]International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, December 16, 1966, United Nations, General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI), https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/cescr.aspx
  6. [6]United Nations, “Ratification Status: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” January 15, 2019, http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-3&chapter=4&lang=en
  7. [7]David Benfell, “Radicalism and pragmatism,” Not Housebroken, July 19, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/07/19/radicalism-and-pragmatism/.
  8. [8]David Benfell, “To online service providers,” Irregular Bullshit, n.d., https://disunitedstates.com/to-online-service-providers/; David Benfell, “Dear Google Maps (@GoogleMaps), you are intolerable in Pittsburgh,” Not Housebroken, July 27, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/07/27/dear-google-maps-googlemaps-you-are-intolerable-in-pittsburgh/
  9. [9]Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (New York: Vintage, 1999).
  10. [10]Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury, “Trade Liberalization for Development?” InterPress Service, November 5, 2019, http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/11/trade-liberalization-development/
  11. [11]Mark Blyth, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford, UK: Oxford University, 2013); Jason Hickel, “Progress and its discontents,” New Internationalist, August 7, 2019, https://newint.org/features/2019/07/01/long-read-progress-and-its-discontents; Daniel Stedman Jones, Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 2012); Robert Kuttner, “Austerity never works: Deficit hawks are amoral — and wrong,” Salon, May 5, 2013, http://www.salon.com/2013/05/05/austerity_never_works_deficit_hawks_are_amoral_and_wrong/; Dennis Loo, Globalization and the Demolition of Society (Glendale, CA: Larkmead, 2011); Thomas Piketty, Jeffrey Sachs, Heiner Flassbeck, Dani Rodrik and Simon Wren-Lewis, “Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel,” Nation, July 6, 2015, http://www.thenation.com/article/austerity-has-failed-an-open-letter-from-thomas-piketty-to-angela-merkel/; John Quiggin, “Austerity Has Been Tested, and It Failed,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2013, http://chronicle.com/article/Austerity-Has-Been-Tested-and/139255/; David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, “How Austerity Kills,” New York Times, May 12, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/opinion/how-austerity-kills.html; David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, “Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills,” Salon, May 19, 2013, http://www.salon.com/2013/05/19/paul_krugmans_right_austerity_kills/
  12. [12]There are numerous theories of truth. An introduction can be found in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, s.v. “Truth,” https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth/
  13. [13]Sergio Caldarella treats such theories harshly in The Dark Campus (Princeton, NJ: Dark Age, 2016). John Asimakopoulos explores the operation of such theories in The Political Economy of the Spectacle and Postmodern Caste (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2020).
  14. [14]Norman K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and Linda Tuhiwai Smith, eds., Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008).
  15. [15]David P. Barash and Charles P. Webel, Peace and Conflict Studies (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2002).
  16. [16]David Benfell, “Violence is the illegitimate authority that begets all other illegitimate authority,” Not Housebroken, July 1, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/07/01/violence-is-the-illegitimate-authority-that-begets-all-other-illegitimate-authority/
  17. [17]Max Weber, “Class, Status, Party,” in Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings, ed. Charles Lemert, 4th ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2010), 119-129; see also David Benfell, “The fallacy of ‘free’ trade is more than a fallacy of ‘free’ trade,” Not Housebroken, June 28, 2018, https://disunitedstates.org/2018/06/28/the-fallacy-of-free-trade-is-more-than-a-fallacy-of-free-trade/; David Benfell, “They must pay,” Not Housebroken, February 21, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/02/21/they-must-pay/
  18. [18]Hillary Clinton, who could not be opposed for U.S. president in 2016 for her warmongering or neoliberalism, but only because she is a woman, comes to mind. Then there’s Tom Perkins, “Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?” Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2014, https://www.wsj.com/articles/progressive-kristallnacht-coming-1390600169
  19. [19]There are numerous examples likely to be found in every subaltern group. Perhaps the most extreme would be the Blue Lives Matter movement, which asserts that police officers’ shootings of Black males should not be questioned under any circumstances; or Jews, who label any opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories or to its policies in those territories as anti-Semitic. More prosaically, some activists seem to believe that only white males can be racist and sexist: James Rush, “Goldsmiths Students’ Union diversity officer explains she cannot be racist or sexist because she is an ethnic minority woman,” Independent, May 12, 2015, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/goldsmiths-students-union-diversity-officer-says-she-cannot-be-racist-or-sexist-to-white-men-because-she-is-an-ethnic-minority-woman-10244520.html
  20. [20]Scott Sernau, Worlds Apart: Social Inequalities in a Global Economy, 2nd ed. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge, 2006).
  21. [21]We humans seem to have a gift—or a curse—for finding ways of distinguishing groups among ourselves. Were we to exhaust these categories, we would undoubtedly find others: Simone de Beauvoir, “Women as Other,” in Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings, ed. Charles Lemert, 4th ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2010), 345-347.
  22. [22]My father was physically abusive toward me and verbally abusive toward my mother. In addition, I was bullied by fellow school children and I have suffered economic deprivation and more abusive employers than not throughout nearly all of my adult life.
  23. [23]Martha C. Nussbaum, Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2011).
  24. [24]John Asimakopoulos, Acknowledgements in The Political Economy of the Spectacle and Postmodern Caste (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2020).
  25. [25]Christian Smith, “Higher Education Is Drowning in BS,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2018, https://www.chronicle.com/article/Higher-Education-Is-Drowning/242195
  26. [26]Sheila Liming, “My University is Dying,” Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190925-my-university-is-dying
  27. [27]Cheryl Foster, Rebecca Millsop, and Doug Reed, “The Heavy Unseen Labor of Writing Reference Letters,” Chronicle Vitae, October 14, 2019, https://chroniclevitae.com/news/2259-the-heavy-unseen-labor-of-writing-reference-letters
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  29. [29]Greta Gaard, “Vegetarian Ecofeminism: A Review Essay,” Frontiers 23, no. 3 (2002): 117-146.
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  32. [32]David Benfell, “Conservative Views on Undocumented Migration” (doctoral dissertation, Saybrook, 2016). ProQuest (1765416126).
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