Trans-Europe Express

September 21st, 2009  |  Published in Art and Literature, Work

Compare and contrast:

“Work is where they find their real fulfilment–running an investment bank , designing an airport, bringing on stream a new family of antibiotics. If their work is satisfying people don’t need leisure in the old-fashioned sense. No one ever asks what Newton or Darwin did to relax, or how Bach spent his weekends. At Eden-Olympia work is the ultimate play, and play the ultimate work.”  –J.G. Ballard, Super-Cannes

“Old premise: work sucks, and after decades of toil, one has “earned the right” to get paid to do nothing. New premise: work is self-defined, self-led and empowering. Small-scale and global-reach entrepreneurship is a reality and this will make work a joy rather than a painful necessity.” -Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The American Scene

The libertarian right assures us that the preceding is a description of utopia.

This message intellectually sponsored by the Work Less Party.

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