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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The wage system - Image 8. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2520/show/2511.

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. (1920). The wage system - Image 8. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2520/show/2511

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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
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain: This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 8 /•'/-,■ edem Pamphlets. £800 a year to do it. And if he sees a foreman is a clever sweater and can save him £400 in handicraft, he at once otters him £80 or £90ayear, lie expends £100 where he counts upon gaining £1,000; that is the essence of the capitalist system. And the like holds irood of the differences in various trades. Where then is the sense of talking of the cost of production of labor force, and saying that a studerrt who passes a merry youth at the University, has a right to ten times higher wages than the son of a miner who has pined in a pit since he was eleven ? Or that a weaver has a right to wages three or four times higher than those of an agricultural laborer ? The expenditure needed to produce a Weaver is not four times as great as the necessary cost of producing a field worker. The weaver simply benefits by the advantageous position which industry enjoys in Europe as compared with parts of the world where at present there is no industrial development. No one has ever estimated the real cost of production of labor force. And if an idler costs society much more than an honest workman, it still remains to be known if, when all is told (infant mortality amongst the workers, the ravages of ancemia, the premature deaths) a sturdy day laborer does not cost society more than an artisan. Are we to be told that, for example, the Is. a day of a London workwoman and the 3d. a day of the Auvergne peasant who blinds herself over lace-making, represent the cost of production of these women ? We are perfectly aware that they often work for even less, but we know also that they do it entirely because, thanks to our splendid social organisation, they would die of hunger without these ridiculous wages. The existing scale of wages seems to us a highly complex product of taxation, government interference, monopoly and capitalistic greed —in a word, of the State and the capitalist system. In our opinion all the theories made by economists about the scale of wages have neen invented after the event to justify existing injustices. It is heedless to regard them. We are, however, certain to be informed that the Collectivist wage scale will, at all events, be an improvement. " You must admit," we shall be told, " that it will, at least, be better to have a class of workers paid at twice or three times the ordinary rate than to have Rothschilds, who put into their pockets in one day more than a workman can in a year. It will be a step towards equality." To us it seems a step away from it. To introduce into a Socialist society the distinction between ordinary and professional labor would