“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge…”

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge without attacking past institutions with torch and hatchet, it is precisely because we have given too much to counting. It is because we have let ourselves be influenced into giving only to receive. It is because we have aimed at turning society into a commercial company based on debit and credit.”

Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge…”

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge without attacking past institutions with torch and hatchet, it is precisely because we have given too much to counting. It is because we have let ourselves be influenced into giving only to receive. It is because we have aimed at turning society into a commercial company based on debit and credit.”

Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread

“This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!… I think that there is nothing,…”

“This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!… I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business.”

Henry David Thoreau, “Life Without Principle”

“The qualitative difference between the existing societies and a free society affects all needs and…”

“The qualitative difference between the existing societies and a free society affects all needs and satisfactions beyond the animal level, that is to say, all those which are essential to the human species, man as rational animal. All these needs and satisfactions are permeated with the exigencies of profit and exploitation. The entire realm of competitive performances and standardized fun, all the symbols of status, prestige, power, of advertised virility and charm, of commercialized beauty – this entire realm kills in its citizens the very disposition, the organs, for the alternative: freedom without exploitation.”

Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation

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