Thursday, 10 May 2012


currently rereading tom hodgkinson's
'how to be idle'
and what a pleasure it is
to savour the good humour and bonhomie
that tumbles from every page
just to show what we idlers are up against
tom offers a chilling quote from heinrich himmler
in a nazi edict from january 1938
as the storm clouds were gathering over europe:

"work-shy elements within the meaning of this order
are men old enough to work
and who have recently been certified fit
and who can be proved to have rejected
offers of work on two occasions without just cause
or have accepted work
only to abandon it again shortly afterwards without adequate reason
will be sent to concentration camp buchenwald"

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