An Insightful Approach to the Problems of the Industrial Era

An Insightful Approach to the Problems of the Industrial Era

Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward provided Americans an insightful approach

to the problems of the Industrial era. It gave a vision on what American society would

be if it was to change its government and economic state. This was a time where

Americans had formed a social hierarchy where the people were broken into a

conclusive social gaps leading to unfair labor and eventually leading to industrial

turmoil. Bellemy realized the constant struggle between social classes and through

Looking backward, he gave the American people an optimistic outlook on what the future may

hold with a socialist system.

The Utopian world portrays a perfect future where everyone is fed, entertained,

and educated equally. In comparison to the late nineteenth century, where people were

treated like work horses and were blamed for it, this world entailed almost complete

equality. This Utopia is controlled mainly by the centralized government that makes all

the major decisions . There is no state government, very few laws, little legislation, and

no prisons. Prisons were not needed since everyone was created equal and

competition did not exist, there were rarely any criminal acts. Somehow the new

system erased most urges of greed and selfishness. Since no money is wasted

on competition, wasteful forms of government, or the wealthy people, the country itself

is wealthy. Production of goods have been nationalized where no private ownership

exists. There are no middlemen or salesmen only direct sales through warehouses.

Every person works under for the system called the Industrial Army where

everyone must enter and leave the Industrial army. Through this system (separated by

gender), everyone must work for the government and is paid equally no matter how their

occupation effects the economy. One choses a job through natural talents and less

attractive jobs are given more incentives. This...

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