The Conquest of Bread
The fourth in AK Press’ Working Classics series, The Conquest of Bread is Peter Kropotkin’s most extensive study of human needs and his outline of the most rational and equitable means of satisfying them. A combination of detailed historical analysis and far-reaching Utopian vision, this is a step-by-step guide to social revolution: the concrete means of achieving it, and...more
This is how Kropotkin ...more
See, anarchists today, they don't actually talk about production. They talk about "fre ...more
Perhaps it isn't entirely fair to judge a writer for holding values that were dominant in their time. But that doesn't change the fact that Kropotkin, for all his surprisingly good takes on colonialism, still ultimately writes with a certain uncomfortable paternalism towards nonwhite peoples – and is entirely too enthusiastic about the effects of industrialisation for my liking. Your mileage may vary on how much this detracts from the experience for you, but I think it's definitely always hea ...more
As stated in his opening, "The human race has travelled a long way, since those remote ages when men fashioned their rude implements of flint and lived ...more
FUCK NO! Are you kidding? I went to college. I’m not driving a fucking combine across the plains of Iowa.
Nah I’m kidding. His theories work muc ...more
I'm not well versed enough in political science or theory to comment on the efficacy of Kropotkin's ideas, but The Conquest of Bread is interesting nonetheless for all interested in anarchism, socialism, communism and political history.
Kropotkin sometimes mentions contemporary events (late 1890s-early 1900s) in passing without further explanation; earlier events ...more
For me it was useful to see the sects dealing into hate and the holy anti-one-percenters were already quite common in that a ...more
Guiscard Hector Comtois reporting in from the 1893 French countryside. I have to admit I had a hard time reading this since I actually can't read at all. The annoying son of the guy who owns the mill read this to me as I trod behind my donkey and plow--I understand he's going to law school, unlike my kids, who currently work 16 hour days making buttons at his dad's factory.
In any case, lots of good ideas in this one. Even though all my clothes have holes in them, I would like to h ...more
Kropotkin delivers and impassioned defence of both anarcho-communism and the great possibilities of man.
In this classic, Kropotkin attacks the fundamentalist classical economists Say, Smith and Ricardo, in a way very similar to Marx (who also receives appraisal in this book). Kropotkin demonstrates that we ought to inquire not into how modern production works, but how, given the naturally productive nature of man, it could and most ...more
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All things are for all. Here is an immense stock of tools and implements; here are all those iron slaves which we call machines, which saw and plane, spin and weave for us, unmaking and remaking, working up raw matter to produce the marvels of our time. But nobody has the right to seize a single one of these machines and say, "This is mine; if you want to use it you must pay me a tax on each of your products," any more than the feudal lord of medieval times had the right to say to the peasant, "This hill, this meadow belong to me, and you must pay me a tax on every sheaf of corn you reap, on every rick you build."
All is for all! If the man and the woman bear their fair share of work, they have a right to their fair share of all that is produced by all, and that share is enough to secure them well-being. No more of such vague formulas as "The Right to work," or "To each the whole result of his labour." What we proclaim is The Right to Well-Being: Well-Being for All!”