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The Right to Be Lazy by Paul Lafargue
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The Right to Be Lazy (1883)

by Paul Lafargue

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    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (lquilter)
    lquilter: If you like "The Right To Be Lazy", perhaps you would enjoy reading to your children (and for yourself), "The Story of Ferdinand", by Munro Leaf -- a children's picture book about a bull who doesn't want to fight, but just wants to sit under a tree and enjoy nature. If you liked reading Ferdinand to your kids, maybe you'd also like spending some time with the classic pro-relaxation theoretical work of Lafargue, who argues that relaxation and creativity, not work, are the true engines of human development. Down with the corporate-capitalist-entertainment complex! Up with the enjoyment of life, bread, and roses!… (more)
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This book is the perfect example of the echo chamber of history. When you get down to the nuts & bolts of it, the very themes the author is talking about in this book is repeating itself now. The war on women, religion is bad for you, the need for unionized labor, class warfare, evil capitalism. Will we never learn? This book is like swallowing a spoonful of cod liver oil with sugar on it.
1 vote 39again | Nov 19, 2013 |
El porqué y cómo no deberíamos seguir trabajando como burros.
  enriques | Nov 28, 2012 |
Dit dunne boekje is me aanbevolen door Diane Adams tijdens een weekendtraining adviesvaardigheden. Het boekje is misschien dun (68 pagina's inclusief noten) maar geen lichte kost. Het is een aanklacht tegen het dogma van de arbeid, geschreven in 1881. Plaats het dus tegen de achtergrond van de industrialisatie en het opkomende marxisme. De arbeidersklasse was straatarm, werkdagen van 12, 13 uur waren geen uitzondering en kinderarbeid heel gewoon.
Lafargue pleit voor een werkdag van 3 uur zodat een mens weer kan leven, genieten van zijn vrienden en creatief kan denken. Hij klaagt daarbij het kapitalisme en alle maatschappelijke klassen aan, inclusief de domme arbeidersklasse die zich in de luren laat leggen.
Het boekje is bijna visionair met zijn kijk op overproduktie en overconsumptie, zeker als je het vergelijkt met de kredietcrisis die nu speelt. Prachtig zijn de bijtende adjectieven waarmee Lafargue zijn tijdgenoten wegzet: "pijnlijk verward", "bespottelijk helder", "kwakzalverachtig romantisch"...
Kortom: zeker een boekje om - in stukjes - aandachtig tot je te nemen en om je blik op wat wij als dagelijkse realiteit beschouwen eens bij te sturen. ( )
  EricvO | Jul 14, 2009 |
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Paul Lafargueprimary authorall editionscalculated
Espinet Burunat, Jordi-ManelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kerr, Charles H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín Ramos, José LuisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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" Paresseux en toutes choses, hormis en aimant et en buvant, hormis en paressant" Lessing
Let us be lazy in everything, except in loving and drinking, except in being lazy.--Lessing (pg.9)
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M. Thiers, dans le sein de la Commission sur l'instruction primaire de 1849, disait: "Je veux rendre toute-puissante l'influence du clergé, parce que je compte sur lui pour propager cette bonne philosophie qui apprend à l'homme qu'il est ici-bas pour souffrir et non cette autre philosophie qui dit au contraire à l'homme: "Jouis"." M. Thiers formulait la morale de la classe bourgeoise dont il incarna l'égoïsme féroce et l'intelligence étroite.
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 A strange delusion possesses the working classes of the nations where capitalist civilization holds its sway. This delusion drags in its train the individual and social woes which for two centuries have tortured sad humanity. This delusion is the love of work, the furious passion for work, pushed even to the exhaustion of the vital force of the individual and his progeny.--(pg.9)
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Nature designed her in all her organization to be the servant of man, just as the odious god of the Jews and Christians marked out the race of Ham for slavery.--[The Woman Question, pg.117]
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Le texte a été publié une première fois en 1880 et une seconde, dotée d'un avant propos, en 1883
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