Best response yet. >>6205
I'm not sure you're responding to the right post because I'm not seeing any mention of a book outside of a generic chan phrase of "read a book [faggot]" which given the context would imply; read socialist theory (Das Kapital) and/or historical accounts of working conditions and culture in X or Y era.
>he talks about mining as if that could be separated from modern industry
Mining and actually all sorts of industrial labour was done differently in the past (prospectors often worked small independent mines, rather than large consolidated ones) and there is no idealism, he's not saying it was all good and grand, he's saying that as capitalist infrastructure developed culture ebbed, as people had less and less time and more and more urbanized issues.
See link related about why most people have less free time today than peasants of the Medieval era.
Why People Don't Read Anymore: https://archive.is/w1f30>>>/edu/5591