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Edward Bellamy

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"As I need not remind you who were familiar with it, the industrial system of the world before the great Revolution was wholly based upon the compulsory servitude of the mass of mankind to the possessing class, enforced by the coercion of economic need."

"Undoubtedly," I said, "the poor as a class were in the economic service of the rich, or, as we used to say, labor was dependent on capital for employment, but this service and employment had become in the nineteenth century an entirely voluntary relation on the part of the servant or employee. The rich had no power to compel the poor to be their servants. They only took such as came voluntarily to ask to be taken into service, and even begged to be, with tears. Surely a service so sought after could scarcely be called compulsory."

"Tell us, Julian," said the doctor, "did the rich go to one another and ask the privilege of being one another's servants or employees?"

"Of course not."<. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I enjoyed this book but could only give it three stars due to it being just too unrealistic. I realize it describes what has now become a utopion nation, however that nations' (the US) transformation into a utopian one is just too far fetched. By the time you get halfway through the book and Julian

Didn't like it as much as the first book was quite good I thought it was interesting to see the view on the utopian society since that's what people wanted back in the 1890's and even a little before that. It's something we seem to strive for in a way but it just seems to unrealistic.

Imaginative response to the critiques of Looking Backwards.

I give it 4 rather than 5 stars only because it could have been written as a better story instead of being a connected set of lectures/dialogs expounding on a hypothetical revolution and utopia.

This novelish, written over a century ago, repeatedly makes points that could still be made today, and giv

The sequel for "Looking Backward 2000", "Equality" fills in the myriad of missing details from its predecessor, revealing the real genius of Edward Bellamy, communist/socialist mastermind and a penchant for the calculus of equality.

Starting at the real puzzle of why people chose capitalist over soci