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 88 - 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 87 - 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 21 - 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 337 - Aid it, hopes of honest men, Aid it, paper ; aid it, type ; Aid it, for the hour is ripe, And our earnest must not slacken into play. Men of thought and men of action, clear the way!
Page 55 - 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 88 - 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 17 - 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 227 - Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth : and the cries of them which have reaped are entered the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Page 314 - 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...