Essays In Socialism; New And Old by Ernest Belfort BaxEssays In Socialism; New And Old by Ernest Belfort Bax

Essays In Socialism; New And Old

byErnest Belfort Bax

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... IMPERIAL EXTENSION AND COLONIAL ENTERPRISE What Imperial extension, what the blessings of our beneficent rule, what the opening up of new territories are supposed to mean we all know. What these high-sounding terms really mean, few of us distinctly realise. The working-class at home see that they are not materially benefited by the expansion of Greater Britain, as it is called. But they are assured by their pastors and masters that it is a necessary and glorious thing, and as this thought affords them some amusement now and then at the music halls, in the shape of refrains and cheers, they are content to let the matter slide. They do not see that the question concerns their interests one way or the other, otherwise than sentimentally in the capacity of subjects of that glorious Empire upon which the sun never sets. Yet it unquestionably does concern them. It may not immediately influence wages or hours, but it affects something more vital to them than wages or hours, it affects the system upon which wages and hours are based. The capitalist system of the Old World, as we often say, is breaking down by its own weight, i.e. the system of the exploitation of labour by the monopoly of the means of production has reached a stage at which it cannot control the means of exchange. The home markets of every country are exhausted, and the foreign markets hitherto open are becoming rapidly exhausted too. Even where this is not the case, the ceaseless expansion of competitive production of itself necessitates the continuous opening-up of new markets. Add to this the advantages as to cheapness in the employment of native as against European labour in many important branches of production which follows in the wake of the conquest or 'civilisation' or annexation' of new...
Title:Essays In Socialism; New And OldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217472389

ISBN - 13:9780217472388