Walter Benn Michaels
WALTER BENN MICHAELS teaches English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is a member of the editorial board of nonsite.org. His most recent books are The Shape of the Signifier (Princeton University Press, 2003) and The Trouble with Diversity (Metropolitan, 2006); his next will be Neoliberal Aesthetics or, The Death of a Beautiful Woman.
Unemployment is both a problem and a solution. Its a problem for the unemployed, who want work, a solution for employers who not only want workers but also want the cheapest ones they can get.