The Diothas, Or, A Far Look Ahead

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Putnam, 1883 - Utopias - 358 pages
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Page 35 - ... romance, said to be the original of Bellamy's book, is The Diothas, by John MacNie (1883).* It predicts a general use of a horseless carriage, with a speed of twenty miles an hour (faster downhill). One passage shows very clearly how something commonplace to us could be part of a utopian romance in 1883: 'You see the white line running along the centre of the road,
Page 234 - John Brown's body lies amouldering in the grave, But his soul goes marching on.
Page 45 - If required to state the pervading characteristic of the manners of these people, I should say self-control. In proportion as man had become master of nature, it had become needful to become master of himself."2 He intimated the danger of imposing a democratic structure on peoples who have not...
Page 26 - Before us, across a broad, open space of smooth concrete, rose the grand terminus. Toward this converged, not only all the city railroads, but also roads from every part of the Northern Hemisphere. Behring's Strait, long since bridged over, no longer opposed an obstacle to the passage of the rolling car. Lines of road from every part of the American continent converged toward that bridge, and carried on communication between ancient and famous cities having, as yet, neither name nor existence. From...
Page 300 - ... structure, erected on the site now occupied by the State House. Planned to surpass St. Peter's, and requiring for its completion a whole century of energetic effort and unstinted outlay, it had been justly regarded as one of the architectural wonders of the world. Now it was mostly crumbled into ruin. From this lofty position my companion was able to point out to me the ruins of the dungeon-like walls of the Palace of the Inquisition on Governor's Island: the whole surface was so covered with...
Page 343 - IT was with a sort of confused surprise, that, on recovering the consciousness of existence, I found myself alive at all. Instead, too, of battling for life amid a chaos of whirling waters, I found myself seated in a commodious arm-chair, in a dimly lighted apartment. With difficulty I rallied my .scattered thoughts so far as to recognize the fact that I was iu my own room.
Page 156 - Although, as before stated, there was neither army nor navy to maintain, there was, nevertheless, a sort of conscription in force that exacted for public purposes the service of all young men between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. By these conscripts, called zerdars, were performed those labors which, however useful or indispensable, are not attractive as life employments to those not compelled to follow them. At seventeen each young man was expected to report for duty at a certain place....
Page 299 - In accordance with the same economic law by which the baser coin drives out the better, a lower class of labor drives out a superior. Thus the free population of Italy disappeared before the hordes of imported slaves, the superior population of New England before the crowds of imported laborers of an inferior class. In all probability, Papacy could not have developed amid the original population of free Italy : it certainly could never have gained a foot-hold amid the original white population of...
Page 109 - From the extremes of democracy and lawlessness, government in these lands naturally reverted to various systems of despotism and repression. Not only was this the sole refuge from anarchy, but it was the only means of preventing a reversion 'to mere savagery."3 He then forecast the division of the nations into two great camps, both with some of the characteristics of dictatorships, one liberal and the other absolutist; then a union of all absolutists under a dominant military leader, an attack on...
Page 114 - The acquisition of the knowledge to be obtained from books, though by no means neglected, we regard as the least important branch of education.

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