Socialism For Students

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJoseph E. Cohen

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX SOCIALIST STATESMANSHIP The fundamental aim of the Socialist movement is to make the principal means of wealth production, such as the lands, mines, mills and railroads, the collective property of the whole people. There necessarily follows democratic administration, the obligation of all ablebodied persons to perform useful service and the blending of freedom and labor so as to secure the maximum of individuality and social efficiency. To effect the contemplated change of ownership from private to public, the workers, as a class, must control the government. It is the winning of complete political power, and the subsequent transfer of ownership, that constitutes the social revolution. The revolution is the change, not the manner of the change. The social revolution may come peacefully, without anything approaching civil war. On the other hand, plenty of blood may be shed without there following any material improvement in the situation of the workers. So Hillquit, one of America's foremost 'Socialists, declares in his work on "Socialism in Theory and Practice:" "Violence is but an accident of the social revolution; it is by no means its necessary accompaniment, and it has no place in the Socialist program." And Kautsky, acknowledged to be possibly the foremost exponent of modern Socialism, says in "The Social Revolution:" "Everyone is a revolutionary whose aim is that a hitherto oppressed class should conquer the power of the state." And, further on, "Even if a revolution were not a means to an end, but an ultimate end in itself which could not be bought at too dear a price, be it ever so much blood, one could not desire war as a means to let loose the revolution. For it is the most irrational means to this end." That explains why such Sociali...

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX SOCIALIST STATESMANSHIP The fundamental aim of the Socialist movement is to make the principal means of wealth prod...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217874444

ISBN - 13:9780217874441

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