Cover of: Le Droit à la paresse  by Paul Lafargue, Denis Fernadez Recatala
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An edition of Le droit à la paresse (1893)

Le Droit à la paresse

Réfutation du droit au travail de 1848

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The Right to be Lazy is an essay by Cuban-born French revolutionary Marxist Paul Lafargue, written from his London exile in 1880. The essay polemicizes heavily against then-contemporary liberal, conservative, Christian and even socialist ideas of work. Lafargue criticizes these ideas from a Marxist perspective as dogmatic and ultimately false by portraying the degeneration and enslavement of human existence when being subsumed under the primacy of the "right to work", and argues that laziness, combined with human creativity, is an important source of human progress.

He manifests that "When, in our civilized Europe, we would find a trace of the native beauty of man, we must go seek it in the nations where economic prejudices have not yet uprooted the hatred of work … The Greeks in their era of greatness had only contempt for work: their slaves alone were permitted to labor: the free man knew only exercises for the body and mind ... The philosophers of antiquity taught contempt for work, that degradation of the free man, the poets sang of idleness, that gift from the Gods." And so he says "Proletarians, brutalized by the dogma of work, listen to the voice of these philosophers, which has been concealed from you with jealous care: A citizen who gives his labor for money degrades himself to the rank of slaves." (The last sentence paraphrasing Cicero.)

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Cover of: Le droit à la paresse
Le droit à la paresse: réfutation du "droit du travail" de 1848
2010, La Découverte
Texte imprimé : in French
Cover of: Direito à Preguiça, O
Direito à Preguiça, O
2003, Claridade
Paperback in Portuguese - 1 edition
Cover of: Le Droit à la paresse
Le Droit à la paresse : Réfutation du droit au travail de 1848
January 1, 1996, Le Temps des cerises
Cover of: Le droit à la paresse
Le droit à la paresse
1994, Mille et une Nuits
in French
Cover of: The right to be lazy
The right to be lazy
1975, C.H. Kerr
in English - New ed.

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