In the previous post I am directed to this:
The Right to Be Lazy is an essay by Cuban-born French revolutionary Marxist Paul Lafargue, written from his prison cell in 1883. It polemicizes heavily against contemporary liberal, conservative and even socialist ideas of work. Lafargues criticizes these ideas from a Marxist perspective as dogmatic and ultimately false by portraying the degeneration and enslavement of human existence when being subsumed under the primacy of the “right to work”, and argues that laziness, combined with human creativity, is an important source of human progress.
That last is perhaps the only piece of Marxist analysis of anything at all I’ve seen that immediately makes sense.
For of course laziness, combined with greed, is indeed what has driven a great deal of human progress. Desiring a steak without having to chase down an aurochs led to the breeding of cows.
But quite why anyone thinks this is a radical departure from anything at all in terms of economic theory I’m not sure. It’s entirely mainstream to claim that people maximise utility….satisfy their greed at the least effort.