For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work


by Hobbes, Thomas (2012)

Key Passage

whereas many men, by accident unevitable, become unable to maintain themselves by their labour; they ought not to be left to the Charity of private persons; but to be provided for, (as far-forth as the necessities of Nature require,) by the Lawes of the Common-wealth. For as it is Unchariablenesse in any man, to neglect the impotent; so it is in the Soveraign of a Common-wealth, to expose them to the hazard of such uncertain Charity. (p.538)


Hobbes, England, History, Political Theory, Early Modern, History Of Ideas, Political History, Welfare


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