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Time is a Tool of Capitalism

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It is long past time to abolish time. I have felt this strongly for a few years now and the pandemic’s askew, endless, perilous temporality has only convinced me further of this.

We have divorced ourselves from the perceptual technics of time; while at the same time we are perhaps never more aware of it. This is the lesson of the pandemic: we are now obligated to playact the standardized time that capitalism demands of us, now without any of the external social trappings. We are locked in a battle with the ticking clocks of our own emails and 9 AM Zoom meetings. Is it no wonder that so many of us feel that time is out of joint, when we are faced daily with the resounding contradiction between our clocks and our lived experience?

In abolishing time I want to create a world where no one lacks for time, because the concept of running out of it holds no meaning. Sure, we can’t outrun the ultimate clock of death. But can we organize our world around a different set of rhythms such that death, when it comes, is less an interruption of the time we wished we had and more the cadence on a melody well-played?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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