The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor

  title={The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor},
  author={Thorstein Bunde Veblen},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={187 - 201}
  • T. Veblen
  • Published 1 September 1898
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
IT is one of the commonplaces of the received economic theory that work is irksome. Many a discussion proceeds on this axiom that, so far as regards economic matters, men desire above all things to get the goods produced by labor and to avoid the labor by which the goods are produced. In a general way the common-sense opinion is well in accord with current theory on this head. According to the common-sense ideal, the economic beatitude lies in an unrestrained consumption of goods, without work… 

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