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According to Fourier: ‘This method is dictated by the eleventh passion, the Butterfly, which impels men and women to flit from pleasure to pleasure…’ (Fourier 1972: 275). Not only is work to be varied, it is to be carried out in conditions of luxury: ‘This elegance of working conditions will be an industrial incentive, for it will help to make children as well as adults passionate about their productive work’ (Fourier 1972: 295). Thus we are regaled with descriptions of spotless laundries with beautifully wrought porcelain, fields surrounded by flower Industrialism, Utopia, and the End of Work 37 displays, orchards from which handsomely uniformed ‘captains’ repair after work to a castle that they have had built for their fellow workers to dine in.
20 Critical Social Theory and the End of Work In Calvinism, work becomes not merely a means to an end, but an end in itself. The necessity to work in one’s calling, and to work hard, has become internalised in today’s capitalist society, but if one accepts the main thrust of Weber’s analysis, this was not inevitable, but rather a result (arguments over cause and effect accepted) of the rise of the ascetic Protestant worldview. This necessity is characterised in Weber as something felt as an obligation, but to what?
Tasks in these industrial armies are always pleasant: Because they never last long thanks to the help of a large number of workers… because they provide an occasion for the meeting of bands of men and women from different Phalanxes…and because the large scale on which work is performed makes it possible to organize the work in an elegant fashion (Fourier 1972: 327). But surely a spectre is haunting Fourier’s harmonious utopia, the spectre of drudgery. Jobs which Fourier describes as isolated and lacking attraction, such as staffing the watchtower or coach driving, ‘will be assigned to a few individuals whose temperaments are appropriate to such tasks, which they will transform into games’ (Fourier 1972: 315).