Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1: That Loathsome Monster Idleness The previous chapter set the stage for the rest of the book in a fairly interesting and engaging way, let’s look at how Smart follows up on that effort. First, Smart talks about the history of our attitudes towards idleness all around the world. From the attitudes stemming from…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Introduction)

Introduction I got this book at the New York Anarchist Book Fair a year or so ago. At the time I wasn’t doing terribly well on finances and I went back and forth on what looked like a really good book. The seller was offering it for a decent price (between $10-15, I can’t remember…

“In Praise of Bartleby”, by Apio Ludd

(Nick’s Notes: This is the first of two reviews by Apio Ludd that highlight some books that I think us anti-work people may find interesting.) In Praise of Bartleby* Guillaume Paoli – Demotivational Training (Cruel Hospice, 2013) I approached Demotivational Training with low expectations. I have found most recent radical theory out of France to…

“Long Live Work”, by Vivo Covi

(Nick’s Notes: Okay, so realized that I am cheating a bit here. Technically this is just an article by someone else that was published in Apio Ludd’s publication “My Own” and isn’t by Mr. Ludd himself. But I think it’s still well within Mr. Ludd’s spirit all the same!) I don’t charitably sing the praises of…

In Praise of (Unnecessary) Vacations

Hey folks, I’ll be going on a family vacation starting tomorrow and going until Wednesday/Thursday. So expect this blog to be back on Friday…probably. I am bringing a few anti-work reading materials to brush up on and see if anything is worth critiquing/reviewing/posting about. So once I come back I should have some more material…

Obsession with “hard work” is a dangerous distraction, by David Spencer

Nick’s Note: You can also find this posted here and on Mr. Spencer’s blog. This year’s Conservative Party conference has reminded us incessantly that George Osborne and his fellow ministers are “for hard working people”. This same slogan has also become popular among Labour politicians – indeed support for “hard working people” has replaced support for…