What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism
Limited preview - 2004
abolish abolition achieved adopted advocated aims Anar Anarchist Communism artist authority Bakunin become believe better bourgeois bourgeoisie Bourse Bourse du Travail capitalist civilized Communist Manifesto craft unionism creative criminal democracy desire doctrine doubt economic equally evils existing fact fear Federation force France freedom French G. D. H. Cole Germany Guild Socialism Guild Socialists hatred hope human nature ideas impulse increase individual industrial inspired instinct interest International kind Kropotkin labor less liberty live Marx Marx's means ment methods modern motive movement National Guilds National Guilds League necessary nomic oppression organization ownership party political population possible present produce proletariat question reason regard regime revolution revolutionary secure Socialism and Anarchism society spirit Strike Syndicalism Syndicalists Syndicat tend theory things tion Trade Unions true violence wage wage-earners whole wholly workers
Page 11 - ... the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for his maintenance, and for the propagation of his race.
Page 17 - The communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!
Page 114 - When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character.
Page 114 - ... the ruling class, and, as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms, and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class. In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.
Page 10 - Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinctive feature; it has simplified the class antagonisms. Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.
Page 13 - ... everywhere reduces wages to the same low level. The growing competition among the bourgeois, and the resulting commercial crises, make the wages of the workers ever more fluctuating. The unceasing improvement of machinery, ever more rapidly developing, makes their livelihood more and more precarious; the collisions between individual workmen and individual bourgeois take more and more the character of collisions between two classes. Thereupon the workers begin to form combinations (Trades...
Page 16 - We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy.
Page 10 - Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
Page 15 - All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interests of the immense majority.