Karl Marx got it wrong. Religion isn’t the opium of the masses. Work is.
We live in a society based on wage slavery. Every day millions of people go to work as wage slaves. Why they do this isn’t as obvious as you might think. They do so not to earn money. They do so because that is what is expected of them.
From the day we are born we are sold the lie that is Plan A. Work hard at school, secure a good job, set your sights on promotion, climb the corporate ladder, live happily ever after. The problem being that very few of us do live happily ever after.
For far too many people the reality of Plan A is this. Working longer and longer hours just to make ends meet, condemned to a life of wage slavery, drowning in a sea of debt, poverty of mind and spirit, existing merely to work.
Plan A didn’t even work for most people during the so-called good times. With the current economic problems we face, and the far bigger ones ahead (an ageing population, peak oil, climate change, the looming pension crisis to name but a few), it’s more vital than ever that we at least consider alternatives to “earning a living”.
George Marshall, who divides his time between his native Scotland and Spain’s Costa Blanca, thinks work is a four-letter word. He thinks we are all mad to spend 40 or more hours every week for 40 or more years of our lives “earning a living”. Especially when we don’t have to.
In our frantic bid to earn enough money we don’t realise that in return for a wage packet we trade our most valuable possession. Our time. The big mistake we make is to sell our time by the hour. Instead we should be doing what movie stars do. Do an hour’s work and then allow that hour’s work to make us money for days, weeks, months, years even, to come.
We can’t all be movie stars, unfortunately, but thanks to the information age, anyone who can turn on a computer can put their time to work for them just like those movie stars do.
George Marshall has spent the last six years excavating an escape tunnel that leads directly away from the rat race. He calls it Plan B and he thinks it’s an escape route you might want to explore for yourself. It won’t bring the wage slave society crashing down, but for tens of thousands of people just like you, it may just provide the blueprint for the life of endless possibility that you were born to lead.
Plan B is a simple yet revolutionary idea. And it’s this. Get out while you can.
Get out while you can
Paperback, 440 pages
Publication date: 16 May 2011
(advance copies now available from Amazon.co.uk)