The Next Step in Democracy

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Macmillan, 1916 - Socialism - 275 pages

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Page 188 - ... largest portions to those who have never worked at all, the next largest to those whose work is almost nominal, and so in a descending scale, the remuneration dwindling as the work grows harder and more disagreeable until the most fatiguing and exhausting bodily labour cannot count with certainty on being able to earn even the necessaries of life; if this or Communism were the alternative, all the difficulties, great or small, of Communism would be as dust in the balance.
Page 188 - ... almost in an inverse ratio to the labour — the largest portions to those who have never worked at all, the next largest to those whose work is almost nominal, and so in...
Page 188 - If, therefore, the choice were to be made between Communism with all its chances, and the present state of society with all its sufferings and injustices...
Page 204 - No : America too will have to strain its energies, in quite other fashion than this ; to crack its sinews, and all but break its heart, as the rest of us have had to do, in thousand-fold wrestle with the Pythons and mud-demons, before it can become a habitation for the gods.
Page 247 - Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Page 202 - The fundamental division of powers in the Constitution of the United States is between voters on the one hand and property owners on the other.
Page 26 - ... for someone to construct an economic science adapted not only to the requirements of the facts, but to the needs of their amelioration" (p. 528), inasmuch as we live "in a competitive society, most of the serious problems of which sum up into one great and inclusive problem : how to limit the receipt of private income to the rendering of social service
Page 152 - PROBABLY there is no relation in life which our democracy is changing more rapidly than the charitable relation, — that relation which obtains between benefactor and beneficiary ; at the same time, there is no point of contact in our modern experience which reveals more clearly the lack of that equality which democracy implies.
Page 135 - All these points the statesman should keep in view when he frames his laws ; he should consider the parts of the soul and their functions, and above all the better and the End ; he should also remember the diversities of human lives and actions.
Page 148 - ... subsequent period of painful collapse. Where the conditions of work are such as to involve a daily repetition of this pain, its accumulative effect constitutes one of the heaviest of human costs, a lowering of mentality and of moral resistance closely corresponding to the decline of physical resistance. Drink and other sensational excesses are the normal reactions of this lowered morale. Thus fatigue ranks as a main determinant of the character...

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