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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 40 and 41

Christmas obviously should be moved. No one knows for certain which day Christ was born on. And he certainly wouldn't mind if we celebrated Christmas in February. We could still make a week out of it without having New Year's Eve at the end of it. No one wants to go back to work again right after New Year's Eve.
Andy Rooney,
in "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,"
Warner Books, 1981

There is a substantial history of anti-work writing to draw on. Aristotle, for one, was no great fan of toil. In his Politics, he made it clear that ideal citizens should not be tradesmen, mechanics or farmers. "Such a life is ignoble, and inimical to virtue," he wrote. Instead, we must have plenty of free time and the independence to engage in social activity of our choosing. "The first principle of all action," Aristotle concluded, "is leisure."
Farewell to the Working Class
Austin Kelley


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