Is work a forever thing? Probably, in the sense it just means doing stuff to secure our existence, yes, you can bet on work. Employment in a complex consumer-industrial society on the basis of some rationalized value system (like, oh, say the Protestant work ethic) that rewards individual merit and builds up community, well, that is turning out to be a whole other thing.
With deindustrialization, financialization, free trade agreements, and automation work may soon cease to exist at anything like the scale we in North America have come to know it. In this piece from Aeon a US academic asks us to get ahead of events and economics and free ourselves from our cultural perceptions. Tone and logic make this a really great piece. Statistics are used to bolster the author’s arguments and the title is nicely provocative to boot!