Guild Socialism: An Historical and Critical Analysis

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D. Appleton, 1922 - Guild socialism - 350 pages
 

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Page 31 - Examine again all those accurate mouldings, and perfect polishings, and unerring adjustments of the seasoned wood and tempered steel. Many a time you have exulted over them, and thought how great England was, because her slightest work was done so thoroughly. Alas ! if read rightly, these perfectnesses are signs of a slavery in our England a thousand times more bitter and more degrading than that of the scourged African, or helot Greek.
Page 24 - Gahriel and Raphael have won their rank by doing the maximum of worship on the minimum of grace! We shall know some day. In the meanwhile ' these are thy works, thou parent of all good ! ' Man eating man, eaten by man, in every variety of degree and method!
Page 31 - England a thousand times more bitter and more degrading than that of the scourged African, or helot Greek. Men may be beaten, chained, tormented, yoked like cattle, slaughtered like summer flies, and yet remain in one sense, and the best sense, free. But to smother their souls within them, to blight and hew into rotting pollards the suckling branches of their human intelligence, to make the flesh and skin which, after the worm's work on it, is to see God, into leathern thongs to yoke machinery with,...
Page 30 - You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him. You cannot make both. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cog-wheels, and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanize them.
Page 31 - Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cogwheels, and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanize them. All the energy of their spirits must be given to make cogs and compasses of themselves.
Page 45 - The notion that a man's liberty consists in giving his vote at election-hustings, and saying, " Behold, now I too have my twenty-thousandth part of a Talker in our National Palaver ; will not all the gods be good to me?
Page 24 - Sweet competition ! Heavenly maid ! Now-a-days hymned alike by penny-a-liners and philosophers as the ground of all society — the only real preserver of the earth ! Why not of heaven too ? Perhaps there is competition among the angels, and Gabriel and Raphael have won their rank by doing the maximum of worship on the minimum of grace ? We shall know some day. In the meanwhile, " these are " thy works, thou Parent of all good ! " Man eating man, eaten by man, in every variety of method and degree.
Page 213 - ... which in one sense must come, as little as possible a civil war and as much as possible a registration of accomplished facts and a culmination of tendencies already in operation.
Page 38 - ... time and general laws ;' and thereupon without so much as recommending suicide, coldly takes its leave of us. Most paralytic, uninstructive; unproductive of any comfort to one! They are an unreasonable class who cry, " Peace, peace,
Page 66 - the theory of sovereignty, whether proclaimed by John Austin or Justinian, or shouted in conflict by Pope Innocent or Thomas Hobbes, is in reality no more than a venerable superstition. ... As a fact it is as a series of groups that our social life presents itself, all having some of the qualities of public law and most of them showing clear signs of a life of their own, inherent and not derived from the concession of the state.

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