In 1888, Edward Bellamy wrote his utopian novel “Looking Backwards”, and this vision of a bright socialist future became an instant political mass movement. In a time of bitter antagonism between capital and labor, Bellamy offered a delightful reconciliation that became the third best bestseller of the Nineteenth Century. As with every utopian inspiration, the idea was “make no small plans for small plans do not stir the blood.”
Following suit, I now offer “The Four-hour Day” as an alternative romp through the land of “why not?”. But this will not spark mass upheaval. Not yet. Capitalism might now be staggering through yet another drunken binge, but labor offers no resistance. Women and minorities, too, have yet to find the catalyst for concerted action, so the world is not quite the tinderbox we need it to be.
“The Four-Hour Day” then is presented as an invitation to a tiny minority of people able to both dream and act decisively. The book is very much in the non-violent tradition of Jesus, Gandhi, and King, but it’s neither sermon nor idle philosophy. It should be the prelude to your joining our embryonic community and preparing to translate gossamer visions into the blood, sweat, and tears of an honest economy.
In keeping with the sacred principles of cooperative economics, “The Four-hour Day” is yours for the asking as a free download with all copyright protection renounced. Steal it if you can. Alternatively, a hard copy will be mailed to you for the price of $10.00, reflecting the cost of production, shipping, and handling with no profit to anyone.