A Plain Examination of Socialism by Gustave SimonsonA Plain Examination of Socialism by Gustave Simonson

A Plain Examination of Socialism

byGustave Simonson

Paperback | January 19, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI SUMMARY OF FACTS AND PRINCIPLES We may now summarize the principles and facts explained in tins book, as follows:--1. There is a natural and ineradicable inequality of ability and character among men. 2. The prevailing tendency of man is sulf-interest or egoism, which is the chief main-spring of human effort. 3. The benevolent or altruistic tendency is comparatively weak; and even when strong, finds its positive limits not only within the selfish or egoistic tendency, but within the individual's capacity to indulge it. 4. Owing to the natural selfish tendency, to the limited supply of wealth, and to the limited ability to acquire it, there is an inevitable and natural antagonism between the interests of men. 5. The natural antagonism of interests, with the resulting struggle for personal advantage, is nevertheless strongly mitigated by feelings of mutual forbearance, morality, and expediency. 6. No individual is born with any natural right to a share in the wealth already existing. Were this not true, there would be a natural right on the part of persons to bring into the world as many sharers in the already existing wealth as they pleased and thus eventually diminish the proportionate share of all. The same principle holds equally with the so-called right to "opportunity." 7. No natural right to a livelihood for any individual can be admitted, as this implies a right to support from others if the individual is unable to support himself. 8. No natural right to work can be admitted, as this implies that society is bound to give an individual a share in the wealth or opportunities; it implies nothing if there is no work that society demands from an individual. 9. The mere existence of an individual does not mean that society necessarily has any p...
Title:A Plain Examination of SocialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217154352

ISBN - 13:9780217154352