By Shatz, Marshall; Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
The Conquest of Bread is Peter Kropotkin's such a lot precise description of the proper society, embodying anarchist communism, and of the social revolution that was once to accomplish it. Marshall Shatz's creation to this version strains Kropotkin's evolution as an anarchist, from his origins within the Russian aristocracy to his disillusionment with the Russian Revolution. the quantity additionally contains a variety of his shorter writings, together with a hitherto untranslated bankruptcy from his vintage Memoirs of a Revolutionist
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What we proclaim is the Right to Well-Being: Well-Being for All! 20 CHAPTER II Well-being for all I Well-being for all is not a dream. It is possible, realizable, owing to all that our ancestors have done to increase our powers of production. We know, indeed, that the producers, although they constitute hardly one-third of the inhabitants of civilized countries, even now produce such quantities of goods that a certain degree of comfort could be brought to every hearth. We know further that if all those who squander today the fruits of others' toil were forced to employ their leisure in useful work, our wealth would increase in proportion to the number of producers, and more.
Act for Yourselves. Articles from Freedom, 1886IQOJ. Edited by Nicolas Walter and Heiner Becker. London: Freedom Press, 1988. , ed. Selected Writings on Anarchism and Revolution: P. A. Kropotkin. , and London: MIT Press, Bibliographical note 1970. ' Read, Herbert, ed. Kropotkin. Selections from His Writings. London: Freedom Press, 1942. A compilation of brief extracts from various works. In addition to his books, a number of Kropotkin's short works were published separately. For a bibliography that includes his articles, pamphlets, and published correspondence, see below, Caroline Cahm, Kropotkin and the Rise of Revolutionary Anarchism^ pp.
But this problem cannot be solved by means of legislation. No one imagines that. The poor, as well as the rich, understand that neither the existing governments, nor any which might arise out of possible political changes, would be capable of finding such a solution. They feel the necessity of a social revolution; and both rich and poor recognize that this revolution is imminent, that it may break out in a few years. A great change in thought has taken place during the last half of the nineteenth century; but suppressed, as it was, by the propertied classes, and denied its natural development, this new spirit must now break its bonds by violence and realize itself in a revolution.