Democracy and character by Reginald StephenDemocracy and character by Reginald Stephen

Democracy and character

byReginald Stephen

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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.1908 Excerpt: ... PROPERTY: ITS RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS1 We have been lately told that the annual income of the people of Great Britain and Ireland amounts to £1,750,000,000. So far, good. We are also told that one-third of this income goes to a small section of the people, viz. one-thirtieth. That is not so good. It seems an excessive inequality. In the United States we are told that one-tenth of the people own seven-tenths of the whole wealth of the country. A small section of the people seem to have far more than their fair share. Can we wonder that the mass of the people are inclined to criticise a social system which permits and produces such an unfair distribution? Not that inequality in itself is an evil. It is one of the necessary conditions of social progress. But excessive inequality is one of the signs of social decay. 1 Paper read at the Church Congress at Melbourne, 1907. But whether we wonder or not, the fact remains that, all the world over, democracies are beginning to ask searching questions and to apply tests to our present system of property. And we must remember that the tests they use are not those suggested by envy or covetousness, but are essentially Christian tests. The first is that of justice, and surely that is a Christian test. These large fortunes which the few possess, how were they acquired? Some were inherited, and Democracy has not yet made up its mind how to deal with the law of inheritance. Some fortunes, again, were earned, for they represent work done for society. The income of a great captain of industry may be fairly his, for, by his skill in management, his genius for organisation and economy, he makes far more wealth for the community than the amount he takes as wages. And so every man, whether merchant or professional man or...
Title:Democracy and characterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217464548

ISBN - 13:9780217464543

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