What's So and what Isn't

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Socialist party national office, 1916 - Socialism - 111 pages
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Page 15 - It is physically impossible for a well-educated, intellectual, or brave man to make money the chief object of his thoughts ; just as it is for him to make his dinner the principal object of them.
Page 101 - ... for the public benefit without compensation. Indeed the principle of compensation is essential to any rational scheme of enfranchisement, where slaves are so numerous as they are at the south. The extinction of slavery being a great national object, coming within the letter of the Constitution which gives Congress the power to provide for the general welfare of the United States, the national government would be justified in cooperating with the State governments, by contributing largely to this...
Page 76 - There is an easier way. tion of men so nearly equal that the difference in incomes will not be large. But, in so far as there is a difference, it can be accurately ascertained by permitting free play to the law of supply and demand. The compensation in any given occupation can be raised, or, what amounts to the same thing, the hours can be shortened until exactly the right number of workers are attracted to that occupation.
Page 61 - Do you think a system which takes the product 01 the useful worker away from him and hands it over to the useless capitalist is practicable? Capitalism is guilty of all these and many other crimes. And all of them are constantly growing worse. Capitalism is impracticable. It has been a mere makeshift. It has been a mere stepping stone to something better. Socialism is practicable. Public ownership has already been demonstrated to be practicable. Of all the institutions now existing, if you. want...
Page 57 - They have lived in splendid mansions with acres of lawn, instead of in tenements or hovels. They have been surrounded by every modern convenience. They have worn costly fabrics. They have loaded their tables with the choicest of foods. They have bought all the books they wanted, although they don't read them, but merely buy them to show off the fine bindings on their shelves and make a pretense of literary culture. They have sent their boys and girls to college, from which, if the parents were not...
Page 9 - Socialism is the collective ownership and control of the means of production and distribution which are now used to exploit the masses of the people out of the bulk of the value of their honest toil.
Page 35 - Furthermore, the industries in this country are paying such miserable wages to their female employes that for many of them it is impossible on so small a sum to pay for board and lodging and keep their personal appearance up to the standard which their employers require and which their own impulses dictate. When a girl finds that her paltry three or four dollars a week will not pay her living expenses, and...
Page 61 - Do you think a system which puts a premium on dis honesty is practicable? Do you think a system which is an enemy of the family relation is practicable? Do you think a system which bars out the masses of the people from the higher things of life is practicable? Do you think a system which compels everybody to violate the Golden Rule is practicable? Do you think a system which takes the product 01 the useful worker away from him and hands it over to the useless capitalist is practicable?
Page 35 - York alone there are approximately fifty thousand prostitutes. And the other cities and towns in the land have them in about the same proportion. Of course it is obvious that there must be more loose men than loose women, for otherwise the loose women could not make a living. There are a few girls who seem to be born bad and whose environment is such that they cannot overcome the influence of heredity.

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