The Right to be Lazy


The Right to Be Lazy (French: Le Droit à la paresse) is a book by Paul Lafargue, published in 1883. In it, Lafargue, one of the most famous socialists of all time, sharply opposes the labour movement's fight to expand wage labour, rather than abolish or at least limit it. According to Lafargue, wage labour is tantamount to slavery, and to fight as a labour movement for the extension of slavery is preposterous. In the book Lafargue proposes the right to be lazy, in contrast to the right to work, which he deems bourgeois.
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original title: Le droit à la paresse
language: French
date of publication: 1883
genre: essay, pamphlet
main subject: laziness, work, communism


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