Capitalist And Laborer; An Open Letter To Professor Goldwin Smith, D. C. L., In Reply To His…

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byJohn Spargo

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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. 1907. Excerpt: ... contradictory statements upon this important point with which your letter abounds. Ethics and so-The capitalist and the laborer becui conflict jjjg. as yOU incautiously admit, engaged in a great struggle, which you very properly call a "war," it seems to me quite useless to attempt to propound ethical platitudes for its solution. "War is Hell," said a great American soldier, and the description applies to many phases of this modern industrial conflict. It is just as futile to preach kindness and goodwill for their enemies to the combatants on either side as it would be to soldiers engaged in a desperate charge. Of course, it is not "kind" to shoot a man or to cut him with a bayonet, but it is war; and of course, it is "far from kind," as you say, to refuse to work with non-union men, but it is an act of war. The doctrine that a man has a right to work for any wage, high or low, that he pleases, or under any conditions, is not tenable. To support it, one must abandon every pretense of ethical judgment. What if the wage be insufficient to provide decently for those dependent upon him, and they become weak of body or mind, or dependent upon society for maintenance? What if the hours or conditions of labor be such that the man becomes devitalized to such an extent that he is unable to support the family dependent upon him, or disease due to the conditions of labor renders him incapable of work? The doctrine of laissez faire is fundamentally immoral. Wages, like commodity prices in general, are governed by the laws of supply and demand, subject only to the cost of production. The supply of a considerable body of workers in any industry willing to work for less than the usual rate of wages, or to work for a greater length of time for the same wages, tends inevi...

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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. 1907. Excerpt: ... contradictory statements upon this important point with which your letter abounds. Ethics and so-The capitalist and the labore...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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