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The Iron Heel characters ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ç The Iron Heel has been hailed by some critics as the greatest of all dystopian novels Published in 1908 the novel is a prophetic warning of the dangers of capitalist excess The Oligarchy a monopoly trust has gained control and is in the process of sueezing out and shutting dRnest Everhard but discovered by a third party Anthony Meredith who offers commentary throughout London finds time to praise Oscar Wilde who was still regarded by most of the public as a demonic corruptor of youth while providing a prophetic vision of the rise of fascism. To be fair The Iron Heel is a novel comprised of pro Socialism propaganda but it’s still filled with truth because London had so much truth to work with London did not need to invent stories of workers losing their limbs while working for subsistence wages London did not need to invent stories of children working for pennies in factories where they rarely enjoyed the light of day He did not need to create Capitalists that profited from all this and professed that they were the source of joy and success in society So yes label The Iron Heel for what it is propaganda but do not think that in doing so you've somehow disproven the truths that this book containsThe propaganda aspect of the book stems from London’s overt effort to instill greed on the part of Capitalism while maintaining complete silence regarding this basic human condition on the part of Socialism Throughout the book the benefactors of Capitalism are identified as people who knowingly or unknowingly enjoy rich lives paid for by the blood of workers and the souls of children This is contrasted brightly by the intelligent and wise leaders of the Socialist movement searching for justice for all In reality greed is a human condition that transcends every form of societal organization including SocialismThe second point of the book brings to life the plausible way in which the governance of the United States could digress into a government of the wealthy It highlights the methods that the wealthy would use to control the vast population of lower classes In this part of the book London illuminates his Iron Heel He presents a process where the governing institutions of the US are changed into the tools of a small number of rich authoritarians the oligarchy In doing so he hits upon multiple parallels that will appear in authoritarian governments of London’s future from Hitler’s Germany to present day Trumpism in America London also brings to life the mass carnage of warfare that the world will eventually see in both world warsThe continued relevance of The Iron Heel stems from its truths and its visions The book could have been better if London had recognized and addressed the shortcomings of his own beliefs But as it is for what it is the Iron Heel still withstands a lot of scrutiny over a hundred years after its original publication Bonus Material Comments on the Claimed Failures of SocialismFirst off there has never been a purely Socialist state in modern times There has never been a country where production and proceeds have been owned and shared by all inhabitants eually There has never been a Brotherhood of Man as Jack London would label such a system Therefore to hold up Socialism as a failure is to hold up a political system that is indeed a mixture of Capitalism and Socialism cherry pick the failures and label them as Socialism The claim that Socialism leads to failure is erroneous from the initial inception of that claimBut to carry the argument further even though Socialism is as erroneously labeled as it is there are a select number of countries that are held up as examples of the failures of Socialism Countries such as Brazil Cuba the Soviet Union etc These countries are put forth by zealots of Capitalism erroneously labeled as it is as proof that Socialism is the all inclusive word that completely suffices in explaining the failure of these states Such assertions not only fail to recognize the similarities between the political systems of the failures and the successes but they also stop short at arriving at the true cause of such failuresThe true true problem with any form of social organization is greed that leads to corruption I think if one were to objectively look at every failed societal organization that ever existed one would find that corruption was the key to its demise far so than any political philosophy that those societies were trying to emulate Greed must be recognized and even harnessed at levels that allow societies to prosper but controlled to levels that prevent or weed out corruption Greed cannot be eliminated and it certainly cannot be ignoredThe manner in which greed can be regulated and thus corruption minimized is to form a government where corruption will not be tolerated It’s actually not that difficult Greed is common and it’s easy to understand People know greed when they see it but they are tolerant of its presence A government where checks and balances exist is a necessary component and placing people in government with high moral standards is also a necessity In the United States we have the former but we recently experimented with avoiding the latter Let us hope that we have learned from our mistakes

The Iron HeelRnest Everhard but discovered by a third party Anthony Meredith who offers commentary throughout London finds time to praise Oscar Wilde who was still regarded by most of the public as a demonic corruptor of youth while providing a prophetic vision of the rise of fascism. To be fair The Iron Heel is a novel comprised of pro Socialism propaganda but it’s still filled with truth because London had so much truth to work with London did not need to invent stories of workers losing their limbs while working for subsistence wages London did not need to invent stories of children working for pennies in factories where they rarely enjoyed the light of day He did not need to create Capitalists that profited from all this and professed that they were the source of joy and success in society So yes label The Iron Heel for what it is propaganda but do not think that in doing so you've somehow disproven the truths that this book containsThe propaganda aspect of the book stems from London’s overt effort to instill greed on the part of Capitalism while maintaining complete silence regarding this basic human condition on the part of Socialism Throughout the book the benefactors of Capitalism are identified as people who knowingly or unknowingly enjoy rich lives paid for by the blood of workers and the souls of children This is contrasted brightly by the intelligent and wise leaders of the Socialist movement searching for justice for all In reality greed is a human condition that transcends every form of societal organization including SocialismThe second point of the book brings to life the plausible way in which the governance of the United States could digress into a government of the wealthy It highlights the methods that the wealthy would use to control the vast population of lower classes In this part of the book London illuminates his Iron Heel He presents a process where the governing institutions of the US are changed into the tools of a small number of rich authoritarians the oligarchy In doing so he hits upon multiple parallels that will appear in authoritarian governments of London’s future from Hitler’s Germany to present day Trumpism in America London also brings to life the mass carnage of warfare that the world will eventually see in both world warsThe continued relevance of The Iron Heel stems from its truths and its visions The book could have been better if London had recognized and addressed the shortcomings of his own beliefs But as it is for what it is the Iron Heel still withstands a lot of scrutiny over a hundred years after its original publication Bonus Material Comments on the Claimed Failures of SocialismFirst off there has never been a purely Socialist state in modern times There has never been a country where production and proceeds have been owned and shared by all inhabitants eually There has never been a Brotherhood of Man as Jack London would label such a system Therefore to hold up Socialism as a failure is to hold up a political system that is indeed a mixture of Capitalism and Socialism cherry pick the failures and label them as Socialism The claim that Socialism leads to failure is erroneous from the initial inception of that claimBut to carry the argument further even though Socialism is as erroneously labeled as it is there are a select number of countries that are held up as examples of the failures of Socialism Countries such as Brazil Cuba the Soviet Union etc These countries are put forth by zealots of Capitalism erroneously labeled as it is as proof that Socialism is the all inclusive word that completely suffices in explaining the failure of these states Such assertions not only fail to recognize the similarities between the political systems of the failures and the successes but they also stop short at arriving at the true cause of such failuresThe true true problem with any form of social organization is greed that leads to corruption I think if one were to objectively look at every failed societal organization that ever existed one would find that corruption was the key to its demise far so than any political philosophy that those societies were trying to emulate Greed must be recognized and even harnessed at levels that allow societies to prosper but controlled to levels that prevent or weed out corruption Greed cannot be eliminated and it certainly cannot be ignoredThe manner in which greed can be regulated and thus corruption minimized is to form a government where corruption will not be tolerated It’s actually not that difficult Greed is common and it’s easy to understand People know greed when they see it but they are tolerant of its presence A government where checks and balances exist is a necessary component and placing people in government with high moral standards is also a necessity In the United States we have the former but we recently experimented with avoiding the latter Let us hope that we have learned from our mistakes

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The Iron Heel Ì Ng down small to midsize businesses and making farmers subservient to their wishes They are opposed by the Brotherhood of Man a group that embraces London's idea of a socialist collective London employs the ruse of having his manuscript not only written by someone else E. My father loved Jack London When I was a child in his library the little room under the stairs there were faded copies of 'White Fang' and 'Call of the Wild' that had both seen better days I wish Dad had got beyond the boy's own adventure output that made London famous; I think it would have helped to explain some things that troubled him throughout his lifeFor 'The Iron Heel' is a fine socialist text but it is not just this Certainly the book influenced George Orwell and a stream of thought that would eventually become 1984 A dystopian novel a love story a tale of courage and prescience and sacrifice and failure The life and work of Ernest Everhard as recounted by his wife Avis but presented as history her words scarred with asterisks that lead to footnotes added seven centuries in the future in BOM Brotherhood of Man time The historian Anthony Meredith adds insight regarding the times in which Ernest and Avis lived but also explains the myriad of generations of change that separate him from them It is a compelling format that gives the work dimension adding to the tragedy of Ernest and Avis that is also that of the massesThe Iron Heel is a mighty boot that walks on the faces of the workers It is the power of a small majority the Oligarchy It is a representation of the wealth of the few the 1% while by design the masses are made to suffer in sualor The middle classes are destroyed and vast corporations have their fingers in a sumptuous array of pies Like many dystopian novels it isn't far removed from the truth Fascism or societal control or capitalism or whatever you want to call it is identified as something at first discreet the thing that is spoken of in conspiracy theories and generally disbelieved Then it is the all pervading system that loops Man in chains Free read Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Jack London

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Jack London · 9 Read The Iron Heel has been hailed by some critics as the greatest of all dystopian novels Published in 1908 the novel is a prophetic warning of the dangers of capitalist excess The Oligarchy a monopoly trust has gained control and is in the process of sueezing out and shutti. to read before it gets banned This is an important book It's so important that the editors of the German Wiktionary site decided to use a uote from the book for the entry IMPORTANT I think I never used the phrase must read for a book in any one of my reviews And I'm still not doing it here But I'd answer YES if you ask “Should I read this book”Those of you who read other works by Jack London and think that this is some adventure story set in Alaska or on a ship at sea or something Forget it It's a Dystopian of pure breed The everlasting struggle between good and evil The good guys here are the ordinary people ie us and the evil one is the caste of oligarchs running the country along with their puppet show of politicians and the judicial branch working in their favorAvis Cunningham gets to know young Ernest Everhard in her father's house in 1912 Everhard is an educated member of the working class a genuine socialist and impresses the young woman with his knowledge of the conditions of ineuality in their country The two fall in love and eventually marry Their battle is henceforth the class enemy the oligarchs upper class called the Iron Heel by Everhard At the beginning of the 1930s it comes to the inevitable bloody revolt against the oppressors The revolt fails Everhard like thousands of others is executed The fight however continues The events of the turbulent period from 1912 until the Revolution in 1932 is written down by Avis Everhard in the so called Everhard Manuscript and is the content of this novelYou might say that I spoiled the ending however all this information is readily available in the foreword which is an important part of the novel and must be read in any case I know that some GR users like to skip forewords The foreword and explanatory footnotes in the text have been written by a man Anthony Meredith 700 years later when the manuscript was discovered At that time by the year 2600 the tyrannical Iron Heel is only history and we're in the era called “Brotherhood of Man” a true utopia an era the working class hero Everhard unfortunately could not live to seeA couple of things are remarkable about this novel There's a strong female first person narrator in a book written by a man which was uite unusual at the time the novel was written The author makes no bones about his own political views as a socialist; he obviously didn't care much about readers being offended I also find Jack London's foresight in this book amazing He obviously learned a lot from his time in the slums of London see The People of the Abyss Unfortunately you have to say that the social structures have not changed decisively in the 100 years since the publication The oligarchic tyranny is powerful than ever politicians are no for the people and the oppression of the masses has become even strongly All that is missing is a revolution to make this novel become totally true This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License