Horace Greeley, and Other Pioneers of American Socialism
With a foreword by W. J. Ghent, & reminiscences of Charles Sotheran by Alice Hyneman Sotheran. A discussion of the great editor's political philosophy, which modern philosophers & historians would call agrarian or populist, rather than socialist, as the author did.
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Page 90 - My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing, any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.
Page 89 - If there be in it statements or assumptions of fact which I may know to be erroneous, I do not now and here controvert them. If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here argue against them. If there be perceptible in it an impatient and dictatorial tone, I waive it in deference to an old friend, whose heart I have always supposed to be right. " As to the policy I ' seem to be pursuing,' as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.
Page 23 - The social problem of the future we considered to be, how to unite the greatest individual liberty of action, with a common ownership in the raw material of the globe, and an equal participation of all in the benefits of combined labour.
Page 57 - What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Page 90 - I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.
Page 19 - The time Is fast coming when, In the natural course of social evolution, this system, through the destructive action of its failures and crises on the one hand, and the constructive tendencies of Its trusts and other capitalistic combinations on the other hand, shall have worked out Its own downfall.
Page 226 - And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Page 316 - A struggle is going on in all the nations of the civilized world, between the oppressors and the oppressed of all countries, a struggle between the Capitalist and the Laborer, which grows in intensity from year to year...
Page 90 - Union ; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors ; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal...