The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice

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John Lane Company, 1920 - Economics - 152 pages

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Page 60 - Labour alone, therefore, never varying in its own value, is alone the ultimate and real standard by which the value of all commodities can at all times and places be estimated and compared.
Page 125 - I have not made up my mind whether it is not ' better to bear the ills we have than fly to others we know not of.
Page 15 - An acquired indifference to the ills of others is the price at which we live. A certain dole of sympathy, a casual mite of personal relief is the mere drop that any one of us alone can cast into the vast ocean of human misery. Beyond that we must harden ourselves lest we too perish. We make fast the doors of our lighted houses against the indigent and the hungry. What else can we do? If we shelter one what is that? And if we try' to shelter all, we ourselves are shelterless.
Page 101 - No better starting point for the criticism of collectivist theories can be found than in a view of the basis on which is supposed to rest the halcyon life of Mr. Bellamy's charming commonwealth.
Page 140 - Put into the plainest of prose, then, we are saying that the government of every country ought to supply work and pay for the unemployed, maintenance for the infirm and aged, and education and opportunity for the children.
Page 151 - The safety of the future lies in a progressive movement of social control alleviating the misery which it cannot obliterate and based upon the broad general principle of equality of opportunity. The chief immediate direction of social effort should be towards the attempt to give to every human being in childhood adequate food, clothing, education and an opportunity in life.
Page 14 - Few persons can attain to adult life without being profoundly impressed by the appalling inequalities of our human lot. Riches and poverty jostle one another upon our streets. The tattered outcast dozes on his bench while the chariot of the wealthy is drawn by. The palace is the neighbour of the slum. We are, in modern life, so used to this that we no longer see it.
Page 127 - ... utilitarian production had been disproved by the war — armament is economically useless. And he pointed out: The war brought with it conscription — not as we used to see it, as the last horror of military tyranny, but as the crowning pride of democracy .... But conscription has its other side .... If every citizen owes it to society that he must fight for it in case of need, then society owes to every citizen the opportunity of a livelihood. 82 Leacock feared socialism, but he saw that social...
Page 21 - Never indeed was any man more contented with doing his duty in that state of life to which it had pleased God to call him.
Page 13 - If we do not mend the machine, there are forces moving in the world that will break it. The blind Samson of labour will seize upon the pillars of society and bring them down in a common destruction.

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