Communism and Socialism in Their History and Theory, a Sketch by Theodore Dwight WoolseyCommunism and Socialism in Their History and Theory, a Sketch by Theodore Dwight Woolsey

Communism and Socialism in Their History and Theory, a Sketch

byTheodore Dwight Woolsey

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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. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IL SMALLEB COMMUNITIES WITHIN A STATE. I. BUDDHIST MONKS--ESSENES--THERAPEUT.B. We have already remarked that there is an abundance of materials furnished to us by history, for showing the nature and workings of small societies, united in a common life by some one principle or motive. A large number of these societies were formed by persons of the ascetic or contemplative sort, who expected some great good, especially some religious good, from seclusion. In the order of time the anchorite or hermit was earlier than the community of monks. If seclusion from the corruptions of the world, with opportunity for contemplation and religious exercises, could be united to help derived from others of a like spirit--the advantages of solitude, and those of a society separated from the unthinking mass of men, would be equally secured; and a certain description of persons who had a natural turn for solitude, or expected to purify their souls by contemplation, or were soured by disappointments, or disgusted with ordinary life, would here find some solace together. These communities began extensively in the free union of anchorites, who united by and by, with equal freedom, in associations where rules and promises or vows were found necessary, in order that the common good might be promoted. As it regarded supplies for the bodily wants, either soliciting alms from others or industry within the communities themselves was the original means by which these needs were met. The demands made on others might be very small, for the earliest plan was to live within the narrowest bounds of human necessities; and, moreover, an industrious life might seem to be inconsistent with the great spiritual end which the communities had in view. By and by, in some countries, the lif...
Title:Communism and Socialism in Their History and Theory, a SketchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217813356

ISBN - 13:9780217813358