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Kropotkin on communes and wages by Peter Kropotkin.

Published by Bastard Press

English – 24 pages

The Wage System first published in 1920. On a proposed communist settlement first published in 1895.

This is a single-volume edition of two previous Bastard Press titles.

In On a proposed Communist settlement, Kropotkin warns a group of communists about the dangers isolated communes face in the real world. With clear and precise insight developed by his early work as a geographer, he outlines the risks such communities face when starting, the problems existing social and economic models have in small numbers and the difficulties faced by the isolation and separation from day-to-day life and the literal invasion faced by those who do manage to achieve success. This edition also features a preface by Sydney anarchist and ecologist Graham Purchase.

In The Wage System Kropotkin argues against collectivist use of alternative currencies, such as the ‘labour note’ and exchange currencies (such as Ithaca Hours and LETS) by systematically investigating the problems with assessing the worth of labour and the the valuing of one kind of labour against another – the basis of wages and the economic systems of both capitalism and socialism. Over a century after it was written, The Wage System continues to offer a concise and skilled insight into the fundamental problems of wages, work and labour.

 

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coverKropotkin and Lenin by David Shub

Published by Bastard Press

English – 8 pages

Originally published in 1953 in Russian Review.

David Shub’s  essay on the relationship between Lenin and Kropotkin was was written shortly after the author’s biography of Lenin in 1948 and draws a striking contrast between the two famous Russian revolutionaries. While initially deferential to the gentle and polite Kropotkin – at the time far more famous and influential both inside and outside  Russia than the Bolshevik leader – Lenin quickly came to despise Kropotkin and his constant criticism of Bolshevism. The anarchist proclaimed Lenin’s government would be the “burial of the Russian Revolution”. Kropotkin’s predictions of the horrors of the Bolshevik State (“a Soviet Union only in name”)  came true even before his death in 1921, and foretold the horrors of the Stalinist regime to come. This pamphlet is a brief illustration of their strained relationship and history.

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cover-front-smallMutual Aid and Social Evolution by John Hewetson

Published by Kersplebedeb

English – 20 pages

Originally published circa the 1940s?

Compares and contrasts the work of various social philosophers, including Kropotkin, Huxley and Malthus and their work combining evolution and socialism or anarchism. A good introduction to the history of the mutual aid vs social Darwinism debate.

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On a proposed communist settlement: A new colony for Tyneside or Wearside by Peter Kropotkin

Published by Bastard Press

English – 8 pages

First published in the Newcastle Daily Chronicle in 1895

In On a proposed Communist settlement, Kropotkin warns a group of communists about the dangers isolated communes face in the real world. With clear and precise insight developed by his early work as a geographer, he outlines the risks such communities face when starting, the problems existing social and economic models have in small numbers and the difficulties faced by the isolation and separation from day-to-day life and the literal invasion faced by those who do manage to achieve success.
This edition also features a preface by Sydney anarchist and ecologist Graham Purchase.

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The Wage System by Peter Kropotkin

Published by Bastard Press

English – 14 Pages

Originally published in this edition in 1920.

In The Wage System Kropotkin argues against collectivist use of alternative currencies, such as the ‘labour note’ and exchange currencies (such as Ithaca Hours and LETS) by systematically investigating the problems with assessing the worth of labour and the the valuing of one kind of labour against another – the basis of wages and the economic systems of both capitalism and socialism. Over a century after it was written, The Wage System continues to offer a concise and skilled insight into the fundamental problems of wages, work and labour.

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