War of the Classes

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Regent Press, 1905 - Labor - 278 pages

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Page 43 - Above all, we need to remember that any kind of class animosity in the political world is, if possible, even more wicked, even more destructive to national welfare, than sectional, race, or religious animosity.
Page 255 - In another room a missionary found a man ill with small-pox, his wife just recovering from her eighth confinement, and the children running about half naked and covered with dirt. Here are seven people living in one underground kitchen, and a little dead child lying in the same room. Elsewhere is a poor widow, her three children, and a child •who had been dead thirteen days.
Page 275 - All my days I have worked hard with my body, and according to the number of days I have worked, by just that much am I nearer the bottom of the Pit. I shall climb out of the Pit, but not by the muscles of my body shall I climb out. I shall do no more hard work, and may God strike me dead if I do another day's hard work with my body more than I absolutely have to do.
Page 275 - ... digestions and bodies equal to and better than mine, and which ended there before my eyes in the shambles at the bottom of the Social Pit. And as I listened my brain began to work. The woman of the streets and the man of the gutter drew very close to me. I saw the picture of the Social Pit as vividly as though it were a concrete thing, and at the bottom of the Pit I saw them, myself above them, not far, and hanging on to the slippery wall by main strength and sweat. And I confess a terror seized...
Page 20 - Provided, however, that he is not a militiaman, special police officer or deputy marshal in the employ of corporations or individuals during strikes, lockouts or other labor difficulties, and any member occupying any of the above positions shall be debarred from membership." If the revision of December 4, 1899, is correct and was the constitution of this local union at that time this so-called " militia clause " was in force when the plaintiff joined the union as an apprentice, and had been for nearly...
Page 117 - ... convince organized labor that it cannot hold its own against the capitalist manager, and the whole energy that now goes to the union will turn to an aggressive political socialism. It will not be the harmless sympathy with increased city and state functions which trade unions already feel ; it will become a turbulent political force bent upon using every weapon of taxation against the rich.
Page 277 - ... is apparent that my rampant individualism was pretty effectively hammered out of me, and something else as effectively hammered in. But, just as I had been an individualist without knowing it, I was now a Socialist without knowing it, withal, an unscientific one. I had been reborn, but not renamed, and I was running around to find out what manner of thing I was.
Page 49 - ... the coercion of one class by another class." It has been shown, theoretically and actually, that there is a class struggle in the United States. The quarrel over the division of the joint product is irreconcilable. The working class is no longer losing its strongest and most capable members. These men, denied room for their ambition in the capitalist ranks, remain to be the leaders of the workers, to spur them to discontent, to make them conscious of their class, to lead them to revolt. This...
Page 202 - ... The villeins of the cities and towns, more or less regularly employed, who do skilled work and are partially protected by organization. VII. The villeins of the cities and towns who do unskilled work and are unprotected by organization. They will comprise the laborers, domestics and clerks. VIII. The villeins of the manorial estates, of the great farms, the mines and the forests. IX. The small-unit farmers (landowning), the petty tradesmen and manufacturers. X. The sub-tenants on the manorial...
Page 203 - The new feudalism, like most autocracies, will foster not only the arts, but also certain kinds of learning — particularly the kinds which are unlikely to disturb the minds of the multitude. A future Marsh or Cope or Le Conte will be liberally patronized and left free to discover what he will; and so, too, an Edison or a Marconi. Only they must not meddle with anything relating to social science.

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