The Right to Be Lazy – Paul Lafargue

Paul Lafargue, Karl Marx’s son-in-law, wrote The Right to Be Lazy in 1883. It is a short book, but you shouldn’t let it fool you by its size. Paul Lafargue has a big idea behind his delightful narratives.


The Right to Be Lazy - Paul Lafargue

In summary, The Right to Be Lazy tells this: culture is directly proportional to the free time of the working people so not to work more than 3 hours a day is a must. This fantastic book is a must-read cause it is highly informative and exceeds its time. It fools the idea that working is sacred, and it does it in a significant way. So much so that I wanted to frame the whole book and display it all around my house.

This is one of those books that will give you great pleasure to read. And I think it would be a great gift if you have workaholics in your life. And here is an interesting fact: Paul Lafargue, who was also Karl Marx’s son-in-law, committed suicide with his wife in order not to turn seventy.

The Right to Be Lazy - Paul Lafargue

The Right to Be Lazy

Paul Lafargue’s masterpiece, The Right To Be Lazy, at once funny and serious, witty and profound, elegant and forceful, is a logical expansion of The Right to the Pursuit of Happiness by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. It was not only extremely popular but also brought about pragmatic results, inspiring the movement for the eight-hour day and equal pay for men and women who perform equal work. It survives as one of the very few pieces of writing to come out of the international socialist movement of the nineteenth century that is not only readable-even enjoyable-but pertinent.

Paul Lafargue

Paul Lafargue was a French revolutionary Marxist socialist journalist, literary critic, political writer and activist; he was Karl Marx’s son-in-law having married his second daughter, Laura. His best know work is The Right To Be Lazy.

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