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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The wage system - Image 7. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 15, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2520/show/2510.

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. (1920). The wage system - Image 7. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2520/show/2510

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Title The wage system
Series Title Freedom pamphlets, no. 1
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921
Publisher Freedom Office
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1920
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Wages
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 15 pages; 18 cm
Original Item Location HD4909.K75 1920
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304437~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
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Transcript The Wage System. V This is the case in the present middle-class society ; it must be the case in the future society of Collectivism. Yes, but to establish this distinction is to maintain all the inequalities of our existing society. It is to trace out beforehand a demarcation between the worker and those who claim to rule him. It is still to divide society into two clearly defined classes : an aristocracy of knowledge above, a horny-handed democracy below; one class devoted to the service of the other ; one class toiling with its hands to nourish and clothe the other, whilst that other profits by its leisure to learn how to dominate those who toil for it. This is to take the distinctive features of middle-class scciety and sanction them by a social revolution. It is to erect into a principle an abuse which to-day is condemned in the society that is breaking up. We know very well what will be said in answer. We shall be told about " Scientific Socialism." The middle-class economists, and Marx too, will be cited to prove that there is a good reason for a scale of wages, for the " labor force " of the engineer costs society more than the " labor force " of the navvy. And, indeed, have not the economists striven to prove that, if the engineer is paid twenty times more than the navvy, it is because the cost necessary to produce an engineer is more considerable than that necessary to produce a navvy ? And has not Marx maintained that the like distinction between various sorts of manual labor is of equal logical necessity ? He could come to no other conclusion, since he took up Ricardo's theory of value and insisted that products exchange in proportion to the quantity of the work socially necessary to produce them. But we know also how much of all this to believe. We know that if the engineer, the scientist and the doctor are paid to-day ten or a hundred times more than the laborer, and the weaver earns three times as much hs the toiler in the fields and ten times as much as a match girl, it is not because what they receive is in proportion to their various costs of production. Rather it is in proportion to the extent of monopoly in education and in industry. The engineer, the scientist and the doctor' simply draw their profits from their own sort of capital—their degree, their certificates—just as the manufacturer draws a profit from a mill, or as a nobleman used to do from his birth and title. When the employer pays the engineer twenty times more than the workman, he makes this very simple calculation : if an engineer can save him .£4,000 a year in cost of production, he will pay him