True Civilization: A Subject of Vital and Serious Interest to All People; But Most Immediately to the Men and Women of Labor and Sorrow

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The Author, 1869 - Social problems - 117 pages
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Page 32 - ... a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Page vii - Ex. I will endeavor to set it forth in their own language. Mr. Warren opens his theory with the following index : " Problem to be Solved. "i. The proper, legitimate, and just reward of labor. " n. Security of person and property. " in. The greatest practicable amount of freedom to each individual. " iv. Economy in the production and uses of wealth. " v. To open the way for each individual to the possession of land, and all other natural wealth. " vi. To make the interest of all to cooperate with...
Page 27 - ... manners to Europe. It was the invasion of a new idea, to which resistance had handed fire and the sword. The Convention was no longer a government, but a camp. The republic was no longer a society, but a massacre of conquered men upon a field of carnage. The fury of ideas is more implacable than the fury of men ; for men have heart, and opinion has none. Systems are brutal forces which bewail not even that which they crush.
Page 96 - ... the present system of national trade — stop all wars arising out of the scramble for the profits of trade, and demolish all tariffs, duties, and all systems of policy that give rise to them — would abolish all distinctions of rich and poor — would enable every one to consume as much as he produced, and, consequently, prevent any one from living at the cost of another, without his or her consent.
Page ix - ... to withdraw the elements of discord, of war, of distrust and repulsion, and to establish a prevailing spirit of peace, order and social sympathy.
Page 93 - Children are principally the creatures of example — whatever surrounding adults do, they will do. If we strike them, they will strike each other. If they see us attempting to govern each other they will imitate the same barbarism. If we habitually admit the right of sovereignty in each other and in them, then they will become equally respectful of our rights and of each other's. All these propositions are probably self-evident, yet not one of them is practicable under the present mixture of the...
Page 53 - Liberty defined and limited by others is slavery! LIBERTY, then, is the SOVEREIGNTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL; and never shall man know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time, and property, each living and acting at his own cost; and not until we live in society where each can exercise this inalienable right of sovereignty at all times without clashing with, or violating that of others. This is impracticable just in proportion...
Page 53 - DEFINITION? Who does not wish to see it first, and sit in judgment on it, and decide for himself as to its propriety? And who does not see that it is his own individual interpretation of the word that he adopts? And who will agree to square his whole life by any rule, which, although good at present, may not prove applicable to all cases? Who does not wish to preserve his liberty to act according to the peculiarities or INDIVIDUALITIES of future cases, and to sit in judgment on the merits of each,...
Page v - ... Josiah, reformer, b. in 1799 ; d. in Boston, Mass., 14 April, 1874. He took an active part in Robert Owen's communistic experiment at New Harmony, Ind., in 1825-'6, and was so discouraged by its failure that he was on the point of abandoning any further attempt in that direction when, as he said, " a new train of thought seemed to throw a sudden flash of light upon our past errors, and to show plainly the path to be pursued.
Page 22 - The true basis for society is exactly the opposite of all this. It is FREEDOM to differ in all things, or the SOVEREIGNTY OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL. Having the Liberty to differ does not make us differ, but, on the contrary, it is a common ground upon which all can meet, a particular in which the feelings of all coincide, and is the first true step in social harmony. Giving full latitude to every experiment (at the cost of the experimenters), brings every thing to a test, and insures a harmonious conclusion....

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