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The Conquest of Bread

Peter Kropotkin

Book Overview: 

In this work, 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. He goes on to propose a more decentralized economic system based on mutual aid and voluntary cooperation, asserting that the tendencies for this kind of organization already exist, both in evolution and in human society. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .that day will see the workers clothed and fed, and there will be no more Rothschilds or other exploiters.

No one will then have to sell his working power for a wage that only represents a fraction of what he produces.

"So far, so good," say our critics, "but you will have Rothschilds coming in from the outside. How are you to prevent a person from amassing millions in China, and then settling amongst you? How are you going to prevent such a one from surrounding himself with lackeys and wage-slaves—from exploiting them and enriching himself at their expense?

"You cannot bring about a revolution all over the world at the same time. Well, then—are you going to establish custom-houses on your frontiers to search all who enter your country and confiscate the money they bring with them?—Anarchist policemen firing on travellers would be a fine spectacle!"

But at the root of this argument there is a great error. Those who pr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

true anarchism, not gutter punk bullshit. Read it and you will want to become a hermit and run away or actually try to change something. Read it and you will understand why the lines continue to deepen under my eyes. read it period.

A seemingly much-ignored classic--Kropotkin here lays out the specifics of 'the ideal society,' where labor-time would be vastly reduced, everyone would have necessities provided for, and leisure time would be greatly maximized so as to allow for the greater cultivation of self and community. I, for

Life changing book. This is the text that made me an anarcho-communist.

A straightforward treatise on how to achieve full anarcho-communism, and for a book written in 1892, it is still so very applicable to the problems we have with an ultra-capitalistic society. A must-read for any comrade!

In this book Kropotkin provides a reasonably solid case for anarchism in late 18th century. With some rudimentary math he proves the plausibility of a 5-hour work day for a sufficient life. There are some optimistic convictions regarding people taking administrative work in their own hands with no c

Reviews of political texts are always going to be built on the reader's ideas, as there isn't a lot to interpret and as I have been a communist/anarchist for a long time I wholeheartedly agree with Kropotkin.

More fun to read than Das Kapital

The book is an account of Kropotkin's 'anarchist communist' program as it is set apart from those of Alexander Berkman and Errico Malatesta, for instance. Kropotkin's inductive method, for the social sciences, presents the reader with the possibility of large-scale decentralization, but, in a unique

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