This is a spin off from the other thread on slavery and its about evaluating political attitudes towards work.
In the UK the political currents that I can say are the most influential for me are those of the labour movements, socialists and trade unionists, however, from a specific early point in the history of the UK, not from about the sixties onwards.
Although I did support the miners strike and other unions opposing the Thatcher government because I think Thatcher had little regard for the long term consequences and behaved in a very political fashion comparable to the communist regimes in eastern europe. It wasnt out of sympathy for the NUM's politics.
Anyway, these traditions, which I think also filter through other left intellectuals writings, like the psyhcologist Eric Fromm, tend to see work as a good thing in itself, any job is preferable to no job, a good job is preferable to any job, a job is the best social programme and good jobs and working lives are the ultimate utopia or objective worth striving for. Orwell summarised it as simply, less hours, reasonable pay and no fear of the boss. GDH Cole had a more complex theory about responsibility and democracy but unquestionably had the same attitude to work too.
This I've seen interpreted in the UK as a result of the UK socialists being "more methodist than Marxist" (at least by Bernard Crick) and the political protests arising from the frustration of a work ethic. This, mind you, is dating from a time when photographers where assaulted by people claiming benefits if they tried to photograph them because of the shame those same claimants felt, the surviving photos show people covering their heads with newspapers or hats.
I'm a little unsure about this because it conflates a lot with the idea of a protestant work ethic, the protestant ethic, at least as interpreted by Weber etc. was to do with an excess of parsimony, puritanism and prompted by anxiety about damnation in an afterlife leading to accumulative frenzy in this one, ie to evidence god's favour. That's not like the earlier ethic, which Fromm repeatedly writes about having sympathies with, which is that of the medieval serf or idealised independent yeoman, where work was hard but rewards, at least in terms of festivals and feasting where tangible, apparent and direct. I could go on here about the social nature of harvests, with song, instruments and too hearty a share of moonshine or beverages but I'm not going to eulogise in case I'm wrong.
Anyway, I've seen this sort of shift, in which the right wing and a significant enough, if not predominant, section of the left also consider the left attitude towards work to be one detesting it, dodging it, treating it as akin to slavery, a waste of time, fundamentally alienating. Does anyone else see this shift?