1 edition of The Conquest of Bread found in the catalog.
|Statement||Black Rose Books|
|Publishers||Black Rose Books|
|LC Classifications||November 1989|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 99 p. :|
|Number of Pages||62|
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" What we proclaim is The Right to Well-Being: Well-Being for All! The products The Conquest of Bread each year amply suffice to provide bread to all men, if the enormous capital of cities, factories, modes of transportation, and schools became communal property in place of private property, well-being becomes easy to conquer: the forces at our service will be applied, not to useless or contradictory work, but to the production of all that is necessary to humanity for food, housing, clothing, comfort, scientific studies, and artistic culture.
Possibly the most vital text on Anarchist-Coummunism, The Conquest of Bread not only critics the current capitalist system it also gives a fair critic of traditional Marxist conceptions. He shows how such systems though claiming to be ideal actually encouraged continued poverty and resources scarcity.
Each essay can be read on its own though. Not until thousands of steam-engines had been working for years before all eyes, constantly transforming heat into dynamic force, and this force into sound, light, and electricity, could the insight of genius proclaim the mechanical origin and the unity of the physical forces. And now Billy wants out. It is because all that is necessary for production — the land, the mines, the highways, machinery, food, shelter, education, knowledge — all have been seized by the few in the course of that long story of robbery, enforced migration and wars, of ignorance and oppression, which has been the life of the human race before it had learned to subdue the forces of Nature.
The shriek of the engine is heard in the wild gorges of the Alps, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas. This is so that each person could freely follow their way: the worker will accomplish the work which suits them; the researcher will study without ulterior motive or mental reservation; the artist will no longer prostitute their ideal of beauty for their The Conquest of Bread all people from now on will be friends, we will be able to realize in unison the great things made out by the poets.
And if the descendants of the very inventor who constructed the first machine for lace-making, a century ago, were to present themselves to-day in a lace factory at Bale or Nottingham, and demand their rights, The Conquest of Bread would be told: "Hands off! The Conquest of Bread In this The Conquest of Bread, Kropotkin points out what he considers to be the fallacies of the economic systems of feudalism and capitalism, and how he believes they create poverty and scarcity while promoting privilege.
I'm sure every mendacious, wealth-hoarding, backstabbing, throat-cutting speculator out there would love to hear this confirmed; but the truth is Kropotkin is deadly to their slimy aims without ever once raising his voice. Yes, the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd has been captured in this however-many-times-you-think-about-buying-it-in-a-lifetime entertainment opportunity. On the wide prairies of America each hundred men, with the aid of powerful machinery, can produce in a few months enough wheat to maintain ten thousand people for a whole year.
In 2015, David Priestland, writing forcalled for a renewed look at Kropotkin and The Conquest of Bread in the West, given the recent of the in 1991 and the global. And it would be a fundamental mistake to try to maximize the satisfaction of the preferences of all the members of a given society. Science and industry, knowledge and application, discovery and practical realization leading to new discoveries, cunning of brain and of hand, toil of mind and muscle — all work together.
Escaped from jail and moved through England, Switzerland, and France where he was imprisoned for five years. By what right then can any one whatever appropriate the least morsel of this immense whole and say—This is mine, not yours?
It is because, taking advantage of alleged rights acquired in the past, these few appropriate to-day two-thirds of the products of human labour, and then squander them in the most stupid and shameful way.
I got a copy of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" from the same printing company it seems, and it was even worse, the text was printed all the way into the fold of the book and very uncomfortable to read.