The Way Out: Suggestions for Social Reform

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1884 - Social problems - 191 pages

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Page 75 - ... held by any one person or corporation by act or resolve at any time ; third, that rent shall in no case exceed the market rate of interest on the cost of the improvements and buildings ; fourth, that the tenement houses and other structures shall be subject to government inspection and strict sanitary restrictions, and repaired and rebuilt as directed ; fifth, that the tenure of the tenants should be similar to that of their landlords so long as they paid rent, their right to keep possession...
Page iv - Hardly a novel is published without its little contribution to the literature of the social problem, hardly an issue of a newspaper but has its leader on some phase of what, as the world is coming to feel, is the greatest of all questions, or some lamentation over the threatening revolution.
Page 49 - Now when we attempt to discuss the comparative rights of men, as human beings, to happiness, irrespective of their earnings, merely by virtue of their humanity, we have taken hold of a great subject, too great I think for our data.
Page 50 - Whether the lazy or the inefficient man is to blame for his contemptible qualities or not, the world is certainly cheated and defrauded by his very existence, and must protect itself against him.
Page 1 - sketched, in the following chapters, some of the changes to be brought about either by legislation or by a new public opinion " or by both. He lays down the general principle, " That the prosperity and happiness of the many should be the end sought in society," or " the greatest good of the greatest number.
Page 53 - It is not wholly strange that in a sort of spasm of impotent wrath some men cry out for an even distribution of the good things of the earth.
Page 48 - But one set of would-be reformers say that it makes no difference whether a man be of superior capacity or not, whether he be born weak or strong...
Page 47 - So far, then, as the principle of equality in rights applies to the question of the rewards of labor, it means that each workman, whether he be manager or weaver...
Page v - the aspects of society are certainly anything but soothing to nervous observers," the author thinks "no man can be deaf to the mutterings — I had rather call them shouts — of discontent " which all classes of society are uttering. " It seems to me," he says, " that the cry for change comes from all points of the social compass. A change, — not a revolution, not a revolt, not an overthrow of society, — a reform through the laws which are, and by the equitable laws which are to...
Page 45 - Equality is a sweet sounding word, and its seductive intonations have led more seekers after truth astray than many a word a hundred times more dangerous, so far as spelling goes.

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