Nessuno dovrebbe mai lavorare.
Il lavoro è la fonte di quasi tutte le miserie del mondo.
Quasi tutti i mali che si possono enumerare traggono origine dal lavoro o dal fatto che si vive in un mondo finalizzato al lavoro. Per eliminare questa tortura, dobbiamo abolire il lavoro.
Questo non significa che si debba porre fine ad ogni attività produttiva.
Ciò vuol dire invece creare un nuovo stile di vita fondato sul gioco; in altre parole, compiere una rivoluzione ludica. Nel termine “gioco” includo anche i concetti di festa, creatività, socialità, convivialità, e forse anche arte.
Continue reading Etienne De La Boétie. DISCORSO SULLA SERVITU’ VOLONTARIA.
(an essay from the Bob Black anthology Friendly Fire)
Bob Black is a revolutionary, smirks David Ramsey Steele, “the way Gene Autry was a cowboy” (“The Abolition of Breathing,” Liberty, March 1989). A Marxist turned libertarian, Steele is miffed that to me his forward progress is just walking in circles. Steele’s is the longest harshest review The Abolition of Work and Other Essays has ever received, and while no nit to my discredit is too small to pick , my critique of work is the major target. Steele tries, not merely to refute me, but to make me out to be a gesticulating clown, by turns infantile and wicked (they are probably synonyms for Steele). “I’m joking and serious,” he quotes me in opening, but if I am a sometimes successful joker I am serious only “in the sense that a child wailing for more candy is serious.” Steele wants to bomb me back into the Stone age, just where my ideas (he warns) would land the handful of humans who might survive the abolition of work.
Continue reading Smokestack Lightning
In 1979, four Australian anarchist and “libertarian socialist” organizations published a tract called You Can’t Blow Up a Social Relationship, presumptuously subtitled “The Anarchist Case Against Terrorism” — as if theirs was the only case against it and there was no case for it. The pamphlet has been reprinted and distributed by North American anarchist groups, usually workerists, and by default appears to enjoy some currency as a credible critique of terrorism canonical for anarchists.
Continue reading You Can’t Blow up a Social Relationship… But you can have fun trying!
Crime as an Anarchist Source of Social Order
We’ve all heard the phrase “law and order” — as if they go together. The slogan assumes that law promotes order, and that crime subverts order. “Anarchists believe the phrase law and order is one of the great deceptions of our age.” I’m going to discuss just one of the reasons why this slogan is a lie. One reason is that law itself may create or perpetuate disorder. This is a familiar anarchist theme which I will not go into here. Another reason, which is not familiar, is that often crime promotes order. Crime can be a source of order — especially where the law isn’t — and this is surprisingly common. If crime is ever a source of social order, it can only be an anarchist source of social order. This will be my thesis here.
Continue reading “Wild Justice”
The latest of the Director’s ironic indiscretions is his heavy reliance on Edwin Wilmsen’s Land Filled with Flies to bash the anarcho-primitivists. In SALA, Bookchin asserted an affinity between anarcho-primitivism and post-modernism, with sublime indifference to the fact that post-modernism has no harsher critic than John Zerzan. To any reader of Wilmsen not in thrall to an ulterior motive, Wilmsen is blatantly a post-modernist.
Continue reading Book Filled with Lies
El origen etimológico de la palabra “trabajar” es el de tripaliare, del latín, que es torturar; el mismo origen de “trabajo”, que es tripalium, una especie de cepo o instrumento de tortura.
Continue reading La Abolición del Trabajo. Bob Black.