Supposedly we are free today. Yet the evil circumstances which are bound up as a necessity with our work need little introduction: traffic jams, night shifts, equipment malfunctions, red tape, even surrendering our children to strangers – fatigue, oppressive environments, micro-management, and demands beyond our ability to cope. Nor are we free to be excused: to the point, sometimes, of exhaustion, depression, sickness, road rage, divorce, and even suicide. With our workplaces at a distance from our homes, our knowledge contained in isolated pools, our tools manufactured by others, and our potential curbed by managers – among many other things – we are not in an enviable situation today. To what extent is it distinguished from slavery?