For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Twilight of the Idols

by Nietzsche, Friedrich (1997)

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The question of the working class … I just cannot see what one wants to do with the European worker now that one has made a question out of him … What has one done? [One] has destroyed the very basis of the instincts thanks to which a worker becomes possible as a class, becomes possible for himself. One has made the worker eligible for military service, one has given him the right to unionize, the right to vote: so no wonder that today the worker already experiences his existence as a crisis … But what does one will? If one wills to have slaves, one is a fool to educate them to be masters. (p.77)


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