Bob Black Biography
Birthday: January 4, 1951 (Capricorn)
Born In: Detroit, Michigan
Bob Black is considered one of the foremost post-left anarchists. He expressed his ideas in his books and essays in his inimitable style described as savagely satirical. He condemned work and called for its abolition. While the leftist sought full-employment, the author felt that society should not revolve around production and consumption. Work, he felt, was forced labor. The reward is either a carrot or a stick and compulsion is involved. Nobody works for the sake of working. Discipline demanded during work is servility. He says that it is possible to abolish work by cutting down the volume of useless work done and replace the useful work with pleasurable pastimes. He called for the abolition of housework done by housewives who, according to him, do the most tedious of tasks, work the longest hours. By achieving full unemployment, we can do away with the sexual division of labor. Yet, the author does not want to be identified with any anarchist group as it would be tantamount to associating himself to a whole lot of associations. He discredited democracy, as it did not guarantee correct decisions. He not only became notorious for his call to abolish work, but he would attack anyone who differed from him.