Prolétaires du monde, reposez-vous

“Following Karl Marx’s wayward son-in-law Paul Lafargue I support the right to be lazy.” In the article “The abolition of work” Bob Black states his conviction that the world would be better off without employment. “Leftists favor full employment. (…) Trotskyists agitate for permanent revolution. I favor full unemployment. I agitate for permanent revelry.” (French version) (English version)

The article, written in an almost Neoist style, but unfortunately lacking much of the depth, wit, fun and sharp nihilism of Stewart Home, Sadie Plant and other post punk / fluxus / theorists, proposes to swap work / wage labour for “play”. 90% of work as we now it is artificially inflating free market economy, producing “goods we don’t need”. It is superflous and unsafe. Most people (in the US) die in traffic, or work related accidents. “Work, then, institutionalizes homicide as a way of life. We kill people in the six-figure range (at least) in order to sell Big Macs and Cadillacs to the survivors. (…) We have to take what useful work remains and transform it into a pleasing variety of game-like and craft-like pastimes, indistinguishable from other pleasurable pastimes, except that they happen to yield useful end-products.”

About Neoism:
Seven by Nine Squares website.
The Neoist Society:
Against Neoism:
Paul Lafargue; Right to be lazy and other studies