Revolution and Other Essays

Revolution and Other Essays

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Revolution and Other Essays by Jack London

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RevolutionThe somnambulistsThe dignity of dollarsGoliahThe golden poppyThe shrinkage of the planetThe house beautifulThe gold hunters of the NorthFomá GordyéeffThese bones shall rise againThe others animalsThe yellow perilWhat life means to me.

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e time. Also, he lived a healthy, open-air life, loafed and rested himself, and found plenty of time in which to exercise his imagination and invent gods. That is to say, he did not have to work all his waking moments in order to get enough to eat. The child of the caveman (and this is true of the children of all savage peoples) had a childhood, and by that is meant a happy childhood of play and development.

And now, how fares modern man? Consider the United States, the most prosperous and most enlightened country of the world. In the United States there are 10,000,000 people living in poverty. By poverty is meant that condition in life in which, through lack of food and adequate shelter, the mere standard of working efficiency cannot be maintained. In the United States there are 10,000,000 people who have not enough to eat. In the United States, because they have not enough to eat, there are 10,000,000 people who cannot keep the ordinary 1 measure of strength in their bodies. This means that thes

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