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War of the Classes

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .#8217;s tacit recognition of class animosity in the industrial world, and his fear, which language cannot portray stronger, that this class animosity may spread to the political world.  Yet this is the very policy which the socialists have announced in their declaration of war against present-day society—to capture the political machinery of society and by that machinery destroy present-day society.

The New York Independent for February 12, 1903, recognized without qualification the class struggle.  “It is impossible fairly to pass upon the methods of labor unions, or to devise plans for remedying their abuses, until it is recognized, to begin with, that unions are based upon class antagonism and that their policies are dictated by the necessities of social warfare.  A strike is a rebellion against the owners of property.  The rights of property are protected by government.  And a strike, under certain provocation, may extend as far. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a very old book, but still is of great significance. Couldn't appreciate all facts in the book as a lot of them have changed or become irrelevant. However the book has helped shape my views from a pro-capitalistic to socialistic one. Stresses on several issues of capitalism and socialism...more

I expected this to be a novel, since description on Amazon only mentioned this was converted to digital by volunteers. Still, it was a very interesting book. It very well described the struggle for survival by the working class in his day and age. It was very interesting to find out, he was a com...more

Very dated now

This treatise sets out London's socialist thought development. As he sets out he was not the product of an academic political education. He was however educated in the school of hard knocks and life experiences. It is easier to relate to his earlier work "The Iron Heel" when you understand where...more

This book puts in prospective how it feels to become a lower or a higher class than you are currently in.

Surprising. The man who wrote with grit and clarity about the Darwinian struggle for survival was also a committed socialist. And in this book he lays out why. Very clear exploration of the ideas of the time which strangely enough doesn't really seem dated.

I don't know enough Socialist thought to give a decent critique of this book. Some comments seems relevant and some obsolete. I am a dyed in the wool unionist. I think unions have largely been made obsolete by the political actions of the 1% ers. One of their most pernicious acts is to convince...more

A very intense (socially and politically) book. Jack London, obviously influenced by Karl Marx's & Friedrich Engels' "Communist Manifesto" writes his youth story in a cruel U.S.A. during difficult times.

Ένα αρκετά έντονο (κοινωνικά και πολιτικά) βιβλίο. Φανερά επηρεασμένος από το "Κομμουνιστι...more

Not that good as expected

The world seen trough the socialist's mind. I wanted to read it for so long. It is a good way to sense someone's perspective. Accordingly, that perspective turned out not to be my cup of tea. I was expecting more evaluation and criticism, rather than the biased opinion of...more