(this post is not about genH, but future ones will be.)
a month or so ago i read this fantastic manifesto against labour (they spell labour differently in europe) where the author attributes this fantastic line about baboons refusing to speak to immanuel kant:
it was immanuel kant’s keen conjecture that baboons could talk if they only wanted and didn’t speak because they feared being dragged off to labour.
i tried searching (via the internet) for kant’s keen conjecture in his own (translated) words, but no luck. maybe that part hasn’t yet been translated into english. or, maybe not all of kant’s writings are accessible over the internet. or maybe kant never actually made the conjecture. whatever the case, i really like quote. i mean, all animals work — they work for food, shelter and sexual opportunities — but only humans, as far as i can tell, continue to work once they’ve secured those necessaries.
i remembered that quote last week when i saw the (not so) fantastic mr fox. for me, what made the animals so anthropomorphic wasn’t the recognizable celebrity voices or the clothes they wore, but the fact that they all had jobs and private property.
what i did like about the fantastic mr fox is how it openly endorses a type of stealing: it’s fine (and possibly even a moral imperative) to steal from large corporations. which means i would have liked this movie more if i saw a pirated copy rather than paying 8 dollars to see it at the theater.