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Why the Labour movement should embrace a shorter working day

Posted in Idle Thoughts, Member area, News on 18 October 2013

Here is Bernard Marszalek’s a review of Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream by Benjamin Hunnicutt. The book examines the history of campaigns in the US – often successful – to introduce a shorter working day. Marszalek urges the labour …

Excellent attack on the ideology of hard work by economics professor

Posted in Idle Thoughts, News on 18 October 2013

Here is a superb piece by David Spencer, Professor of Political Economy at the Leeds University Business School. Prof Spencer argues that society needs more idleness, not less. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PIECE.

Podcast Recording of Albums Club 2: Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard a True Star

Posted in Podcasts on 20 June 2013


The second instalment of our monthly albums club saw us discussing Todd Rundgren’s classic album A Wizard a True Star in the company of Rock’s Backpages editorial director and music writer Barney Hoskyns alongside former Auteur Luke Haines.…

New small paintings by Charlie Millar: Friday 26 April and Sunday 5 May

Posted in News on 17 April 2013


We are pleased to announce three forthcoming contemporary solo exhibitions, in collaboration with JHW Fine Art: Charlie Millar’s new small paintings will be on show next week.  Ed Kluz will be shown later in May, and Tara Sabharwal in …

Podcast: Ronald Hutton on the history of festivity in the British Isles

Posted in Member area, Podcasts on 12 December 2012

The Idler Academy’s Christmas Lecture was this year delivered by Professor Ronald Hutton. It was given on Tuesday 11 December 2012. The subject is Festivity in the British Isles, and it’s a fascinating tale of sex, death, maypoles, and the …

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