Fields, Factories and Workshops Tomorrow, by Peter Kropotkin, edited, introduced and with additional material by Colin Ward
Published by Freedom Press in 1998, 208 pages. Paperback (N2870)
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Fields, Factories and Workshops is a landmark anarchist text by Peter Kropotkin, and arguably one of the most influential and positive statements of the anarchist political position, and it is viewed by many as the central work of his writing career.....
His ideas and work has often been positioned as a counter to the thinking of Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin, which tended to imply centralised planning and control, and to a large degree Kropotkin's own emphasis is on local organisation, with local production obviating the need for central government. Kropotkin's vision is also on agriculture and rural life making it a contrasting perspective to the largely industrial thinking of communists and socialists.
His focus on local production leads to his view that a country should strive for self-sufficiency – manufacture its own goods and grow its own food, making import and export unnecessary. To these ends he advocated irrigation and growing under glass to boost local food production ability.
The book contains logical arguments to its ends and is generally persuasive rather than being dogmatic, and is structured as a series of essays, together with a large number of appendices of supporting evidence. Their is a small publishers price sticker on the rear side cover