Public opinion on socialism (Google eBook)

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J. Ouseley, 1893 - Political Science
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Page 21 - Manifesto being our joint production, I consider myself bound to state that the fundamental proposition which forms its nucleus, belongs to Marx. That proposition is : that in every historical epoch, the prevailing mode of economic production and exchange, and the social organization necessarily following from it, form the basis upon which is built up, and from which alone can be explained, the political and intellectual history of that epoch...
Page 58 - And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame; And no one shall work for money, and and no one shall work for fame; But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!
Page 109 - I saw that though our character is formed by circumstances, our own desires can do much to shape those circumstances ; and that what is really inspiriting and ennobling in the doctrine of freewill, is the conviction that we have real power over the formation of our own character; that our will, by influencing some of our circumstances, can modify our future habits or capabilities of willing.
Page 16 - ASSIGNMENT OF WORK The union between Franz and Agnes is suddenly put off indefinitely. The police have to-day distributed the orders relating to the occupations of the people, which orders are based partly upon the registration lately made, and partly upon the plan organised by the Government for regulating production and consumption. True, Franz is to remain a compositor, but, unfortunately, he can't stay in Berlin, but is sent to Leipsig. Berlin requires now hardly one-twentieth part of the number...
Page 104 - Every idle word that men speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." " For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." The day of judgment is not in the hereafter, as many have believed.
Page 22 - NEWS FROM THE PROVINCES. ALL young men of the age of twenty are required to enrol themselves within three days. Agnes' brother is among this number. The " National Bulwark," as it is called, is to be organised and armed with all speed.
Page 111 - SaintPierre, no less than over the group of post-Revolutionary Utopians, is especially visible in his firm grasp of the cardinal truth that the improvement of the social organism can only be effected by a moral development, and never by any changes in mere political mechanism, or any violences in the way of an artificial redistribution of wealth. A moral transformation must precede any real advance.
Page 104 - ... for material resources for party purposes arose, and that much hung on its being immediately satisfied. Supposing again, that, as a last resort, a female member of the party were without any hypocritical pretence, to sell her body for the money, would not this be a commendable act? I should say yes. Prostitution for private gain is morally repellent. But the same outward act done for a cause transcending individual interest loses its character of prostitution and acquires a new content. The form...
Page 43 - True, those persons who had imagined that it would be like the table d'hote of the great hotels of the past days, where a pampered upper class continually revelled in every refinement of culinary art such persons, I say, must feel some little disappointment. As a matter of course, we have here likewise no trim, swallow-tailed waiters, no bills of fare a yard long, and no such paraphernalia. In the State cookshops everything, even to the smallest details, has been anticipated and settled beforehand....
Page 104 - Human beings must be in a position to act as freely, where their strongest impulse is concerned, as in the case of any other natural instinct. The gratification of the sexual impulse is as strictly the personal affair of the individual as the gratification of every other natural instinct. No one has to give an account of him or herself, and no third person has the slightest right of intervention.

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