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on 6 June 2014
An excellent example of the radical and counter-intuitive thinking that made Illich a cult figure of the non-statist left in the 1970s. His principle is that there are kinds of work that are not only useful but of true ethical value beyond wage labour. Whether you are being paid for something should not be the key measure of whether what you are doing is worthwhile. Illich is ultimately against the commodification of all aspects of life and that is what this book is about. Written with wit and verve, albeit with passages of rather dense prose.
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on 6 May 2013
I was looking for an excuse to be lazy, so perhaps it is my fault that I found this book rather serious and academic.
'The Joy Of Not Working' was a more entertaining read.
I expect someone more academically inclined might appreciate it more though.
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