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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The wage system - Image 12. 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/2515.

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. (1920). The wage system - Image 12. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2520/show/2515

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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 12 Freedom Pamphlets. moment in the depths of the mine and will end one day by being killed by fire-damp ? Or, again, the engineer who wovrld lose the coal seam and set men hewing bare rock, if he merely made a mistake in the addition of his calculations ? Or, finally, is it the owner, who has put all his patrimony into the concern, and who perhaps has said, in opposition to all previous anticipations : " Dig there, you will find excellent coal " ? All the workers engaged in the mine contribute to the raising of coal in proportion to their strength, their energy, their knowledge, their intelligence and their skill. And we can say that all have the right to live, to satisfy their needs, and even gratify their whims, after the more imperious needs of every one are satisfied. But how can we exactly value what they have each done ? Further, is the coal that they have extracted entirely the result of their work ? Is it not also the outcome of the work of the men who constructed the railway leading to the mine, and the roads branching off on all sides from the stations ? And what of the work of those who have tilled and sawn the fields which supply the miners with food, smelted the iron, cut the wood in the forest, made the machines which will consume the coal, and so on ? No hard and fast line can be drawn between the work of. one and the work of another. To measure them by results leads to absurdity. To divide them into fractions and measure them by hours of labor- leads to absurdity also. One course remains: not to measure them at all, but to recognise the right of all who take part in productive labor first of all to live, and then to enjoy the comforts of life. Take any other branch of human activity, take our existence as a whole, and say which of us can claim the highest reward for his deeds? The doctor who has divined the disease or the nurse who has assured its cure by her sanitary cares ? The inventor of the first steam engine or the boy who one day, tired of pulling the cord which formerly served t&, open the valve admitting the steam beneath the piston, tied his cord to the lever of the machine, and went to play with his companions, without imagining that he had invented the mechanism essential to all modern machinery-—the automatic valve ? The inventor of the locomotive or that Newcastle workman who suggested that wooden sleepers should take the place of the stones which were formerly put under the rails and threw trains off the line by their want of elasticity ? The driver of the locomotive or the signalman who stops the train or opens the way for it ? 1