Socialized Germany by Frederic Clemson Howe

Socialized Germany

byFrederic Clemson Howe

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI THE THEORY AND EXTENT OF STATE SOCIALISM America and Germany have widely divergent ideas as to the nature and functions of the state. We emphasize the right of the individual. His property and his privileges are jealously protected by the Constitution and the laws. The powers of the state are limited. They are carefully enumerated in the constitution. It is assumed that the state should have as little as possible to do with business; it should leave productive industries to private initiative and should give the individual the greatest possible freedom on the assumption that this is the best way to promote the common good. It is generally assumed, too, that the state is incompetent; that its functions should be limited to those of protection from domestic and foreign aggression. This is the philosophy of individualism, of laissezfaire; a philosophy born of pioneer conditions and later written into our organic law. This philosophy was the product of freedom in America. In Europe it was a reaction against the feudal conditions which prevailed prior to the French Revolution. There was universal supervision of trade and industry. Internal and external tariff barriers everywhere prevailed, while privileges and restrictions on commerce and trade interfered with the freedom of the individual. France abolished many of these restraints with the Revolution. The idea of industrial liberty was carried into England and developed into a philosophy by Adam Smith and Ricardo, the fathers of political economy in that country. Later the teachings of these economists became the working philosophy of the commercial classes who desired free trade and relief from the medieval restraints on the individual which the feudal classes struggled to retain. We in America have carried these ideas to ev...

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Title:Socialized GermanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217050549

ISBN - 13:9780217050548

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