We are a society obsessed with productivity, results and performance. Alongside the enormous pressure to work for longer and harder, social inequality has increased. Depression and other mental health issues have reached record highs at a time that we are more interested in measuring happiness than ever.
Has the time come for society to radically reduce working hours and claim our 'right to be lazy'?
The sociologist Stephan Lessenich, co-author of Sociology, Capitalism and Critique and co-director of the German Research Foundation group “Post-Growth Societies”, argues “it is absolutely necessary to articulate a demand that goes against the dominant trend of our times.” Christian Funke examines Lessenich's bold demands.
Remember kids! "Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks." Get ready to go back to school by reading Verso's Economics 101 syllabus.
Companion to Marx’s Capital Volume 1 & Volume 2
By David Harvey
This is a must-read for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of Marx's political economy.
“No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”
– Michael Perelman, Choice