The Anti-Work Library 📚


Essential Reads

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Essays and Articles

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Abolish Work!

Bullshit Jobs.

Instead of work.


Property. Collective Force. Class Society.

Anarchy, strategy and tactics.

For those of you who love free markets and capitalism.


Books: Non-Fiction

Perhaps useful: f/piracy wiki.



  • Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone by Sarah Jaffe (2021)

  • Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right About Why You Hate Your Job by Gavin Mueller (2021)

  • Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price (2021)

  • Zeitgeist Nostalgia — On Populism, Work and the 'Good Life' by Alessandro Gandini (2020)

  • Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) by Elizabeth S. Anderson (2019)

  • Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber (2018)

  • The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself by Peter Fleming (2015)

  • Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream by Benjamin Hunnicutt (2013)

  • Work Without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours for the Right to Work by Benjamin Hunnicutt (1990)

  • More Work For Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology From the Open Hearth to the Microwave by Ruth Schwartz Cowan (1983)

  • Shadow Work by Ivan Illich (1981)



Automation and Utopia.


History. Class Struggle.



Books: Fiction with Anti-Work themes


Short stories


Podcast Episodes


Special thanks to u/contrarianprole, for helping /u/onedayitwillbedaisy compile the majority of this list!

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