Kafir Socialism And The Dawn Of Individualism; An Introduction To The Study Of The Native Problem

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byDudley Kidd

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...or their overpowering compassion, are deficient in a sense of proportion. The white man who engages in commerce does not go to South Africa " for his health "--as the Americans say: he frankly admits that he goes there to make money: he does not profess to be impelled by altruistic motives: he does not give it out that he is an apostle of self-denial. His function in the body politic is the creation and exploitation of wants; and though perhaps one cannot agree with Huxley in thinking that the trader does more than the missionary to elevate savages, one cannot deny that if an awakening of the sense of individuality in a backward race be a boon, then the natives have little cause for complaint against trade and commerce. The one great benefit that comes from awakening a race through commerce and industrialism, rather than by politics or missionary work, is that the people awaken slowly, and have time to adjust themselves to their changed condition. We may think the Kafirs would have been better off if they had never come in contact with white men, but that need not cause us to vilify our kith and kin. When we turn to education and religion, we can be in no doubt as to the altruism of the missionaries. From one point of view they are men " of whom the world is not worthy "; yet for all that we may be strongly tempted to call in question the wisdom of the methods they use. It is difficult also to maintain that the missionaries have intelligently and wisely anticipated the needs that were bound to arise owing to certain evil consequences of the contact of the natives with white men, or that they have provided a guiding light wholly suited to the changed circumstances. The Kafirs are the victims, not only of our commercialism, but also of our...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...or their overpowering compassion, are deficient in a sense of proportion. The white man who engages in commerce...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217497608

ISBN - 13:9780217497602

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