Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jack London - The Iron Heel

Written in 1908 from the perspective of a Socialist (today's Progressive, Democrat, Leftist), Jack London's The Iron Heel applies to any dictatorship that seizes power and property, confiscates guns, and targets those who oppose it as "extremists". All these things are happening in America now, but it isn't "The Right Wing" who is leading the effort to subjugate the population.

Here's the blurb from
LibriVox recording of The Iron Heel, by Jack London.
Read by Matt Soar.

The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908. It chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It is arguably the novel in which Jack London's socialist views are most explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and 1970s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes. The book is uncommon among London's writings (and in the literature of the time in general) in being a first-person narrative of a woman protagonist written by a man. (Introduction by Wikipedia)