Justice and Liberty: A Political Dialogue

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Doubleday, Page, 1908 - Social sciences - 255 pages

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Page 230 - Justice is a power; and if it cannot create, it will at least destroy. So that the question for the future is not, shall there be revolution, but shall it be beneficent or disastrous?
Page 29 - ... and by which it lives. I image society as a pyramid, broadening down from its apex in a series of steps, each cut off from the one above, not indeed by an impassable barrier, but by a height which it requires a considerable degree of athleticism to scale ; and on each step, crowded together, a fighting, trampling mob of desperate men, bent, every one...
Page 137 - It must be as clear to you as it is to me," he said in a low tone, "that we cannot go on as we are doing.
Page 230 - ... slow, half-conscious detachment of all of them who have intelligence and moral force from the interest and the active support of their class. " It is true that many of "those who deny socialism are most under its power; their hollow cries of rage and desperation, their intellectual play with the idea of force, betray their bitter sense of a lost cause.
Page 245 - Liberty to a clamorous outcry against a society which is "a silly, sordid muddle, grown up out of centuries of violence and perpetuated in centuries of stupidity and greed...
Page 46 - If indeed, by love you mean that unaccountable passion, of all things the most mysterious, the most terrible, and the most divine, whereby bodies and souls are drawn to one another in defiance of all other affinities, be they interests or occupations or convictions, by an impulse so profound that it seems to have its source beyond the portals of life, so imperative that it overrides every other tie, so instinctive that it sweeps Reason like dust before its onset.
Page 144 - You and I, you must remember, belong to the small section of society that has both kinds of freedom ; and I think it possible that we really have, on the balance, more liberty than we could easily secure under other conditions ; though to my mind, the value of the liberty is almost destroyed by the knowledge of the price which others have to pay for it. For those others, the mass of men, what freedom really have they?
Page 175 - ... individual, I do not agree with you that it need therefore be less efficient. It would require no great effort of intelligence to understand that the welfare of one's children was bound up with certain sacrifices of immediate enjoyment demanded by the community. And, that once understood, it is taking no very utopian view of human nature to suppose that the sacrifice would be willingly made.
Page 102 - ... differently viewed by men of different temperaments. The advantage of presenting these views through dialogue is that a living issue can best be viewed through the personalities of its interpreters. When the aristocrat shudders at the meanness and littleness of the life about him, the banker sees only a kind of grey, undistinguished crowd of good-tempered men of business, most of them intent on getting home to the wife, or the garden, or the motor-car ; ... of genial, more or less sober, and...
Page 226 - ... the other is the epic of his self-deliverance. All the facts, the dreadful facts at which we have timidly hinted, and which no man could fairly face and live, all those facts are true ; stop at them, if you will ! But true also is the contest of which they are the symbol, real the flood no less...

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