Socialism and Character

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Houghton Mifflin, 1912 - Socialism - 428 pages
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It is of great value to us now, (2017) to read of a life that seems too far away from ours to be of any itnerest. Yet, while wisdom does take on new attire, the fundamental grounding that makes wisdom what it is, that is what we find in Vida Dutton Scudder.

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Page 56 - The modern laborer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the progress of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth. And here it becomes evident that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an overriding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its...
Page 76 - That proposition is, that in every historical epoch, the prevailing mode of economic production and exchange, and the social organization necessarily following from it, form the basis upon which is built up, and from which alone can be explained, the political and intellectual history of that epoch...
Page 292 - You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population ; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths.
Page 428 - I will not cease from Mental Fight, Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant Land.
Page 57 - The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association. The development of Modern Industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.
Page 76 - ... without, at the same time, and once and for all, emancipating society at large from all exploitation, oppression, ^ class distinctions and class struggles.
Page 372 - The Vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my Vision's Greatest Enemy...
Page 172 - ... that ! For a' that, and a' that, Their dignities, and a' that, The pith o' sense, and pride o' worth, Are higher rank than a' that. Then let us pray that come it may, As come it will for a' that ; That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth, May bear the gree, and a' that. For a
Page 56 - It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state, that it has to feed him, instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie; in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.
Page 252 - And honours suit my vowed daies do spend, Unto thy bounteous baytes and pleasing charmes, With which weake men thou witchest, to attend: Regard of worldly mucke doth fowly...

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