The Science of Society

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Sarah E. Holmes, 1888 - Anarchism - 165 pages
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Page 35 - And from the lips of Truth one mighty breath Shall, like a whirlwind, scatter in its breeze The whole dark pile of human mockeries; — Then shall the reign of mind commence on earth, And starting fresh as from a second birth, Man, in the sunshine of the world's new spring, Shall walk transparent, like some holy thing!
Page 14 - Hence the individualities of such a being are utterly immeasurable, and every attempt to adjust the capacities, the adaptations, the wants, or the responsibilities of one human being by the capacities, the adaptations, the wants, or the responsibilities of another human being, except in the very broadest generalities, is unqualifiedly futile and hopeless. Hence every ecclesiastical, governmental, or social institution which is based on the idea of demanding conformity or likeness in any tJiing, has...
Page 6 - If researches into the habits of beetles and tadpoles, and their localities and conditions of existence, are entitled to the dignified appellation of Science, certainly similar researches into the nature, the wants, the adaptations, and, so to speak, into the true or requisite moral and social habitat of the spiritual animal called Man must be, if conducted according to the rigid methods of scientific induction from observed facts, equally entitled to that distinction. The series of works, of which...
Page 69 - It follows, therefore, in order to arrive at a satisfactory measure of Equity, and the adoption of a scientific system of commerce, 1. That some method must be devised for comparing the relative repugnance of different kinds of labor. 2. That in making the comparison...
Page 8 - There must be a new world, if there is to be any world at all! That human things in our Europe can ever return to the old sorry routine, and proceed with any steadiness or continuance there; this small hope is not now a tenable one. These days of universal death must be days of universal newbirth, if the ruin is not to be total and final!
Page 15 - ... consequently, be infringed without engendering infinite confusion, such as has hitherto universally reigned, in the administration of human affairs. If, now, Individuality is a universal law which must be obeyed if we would have order and harmony in any sphere, and, consequently, if we would have a true constitution of human government, then the absolute Sovereignty of the Individual necessarily results. The monads or atoms of which human society is composed are the individual men and women in...
Page 36 - I have said, accepted into the public mind, will do more than laws, and the sanctions of laws, to regulate individual conduct and intercourse. The limitation is this: every individual is the rightful sovereign over his own conduct in all things, whenever, and just so far as, the consequences of his conduct can be assumed by himself; or, rather, inasmuch as no one objects to assuming agreeable consequences, whenever, and as far as, this is true of the disagreeable consequences. For disagreeable consequences,...
Page 13 - There are no two objects in the universe which are precisely alike. Each has its own constitution and peculiarities, which distinguish it from every other. Infinite diversity is the universal law.
Page 104 - If, in any transaction, I get from you some portion of your earnings without an equivalent, I begin to make you my slave — to confiscate you to my uses; if I get a larger portion of your services without an equivalent, I make you still further my slave; and, finally, if I obtain the whole of your services without an equivalent — except the means of keeping you in working condition for my own sake, I make you completely my slave.
Page 67 - MUCH LABOR as there is in the product which I receive. The same idea may be differently presented in this manner. It is Equity that every individual should sustain just as much of the common burden of life as has to be '' sustained BY ANY BODY on his account. Such would be the result if each produced for himself all that he consumed, as in the first case supposed above; and the fact that it is found convenient to exchange labor and the products of labor does not vary the definition of Equity in the...

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