The larger socialism by Bertram BenedictThe larger socialism by Bertram Benedict

The larger socialism

byBertram Benedict

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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. 1921. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. SOCIALISM AND QUANTITY OF PRODUCTION. To an extent, but only to an extent, the Cooperative Commonwealth can eat its cake and have it, too. To an extent, it can lower the number of its hours of labor without temporarily lowering production and increase wages without temporarily heightening the cost of commodities. For example, during the World War a tenhour day in the British manufacture of munitions gave forth fewer and poorer munitions than the, eight-hour day--not only fewer munitions per hour, but fewer in sum total. Great Britain similarly discovered that the munitions output of a seven-day week and a fifty-two-week year proved itself lower and poorer than the output of a sixday week and a fifty-week year, again not only relatively, but absolutely. There was nothing unprecedented in this discovery. Many a private manufacturer has found a decrease, voluntary or involuntary, in his plant's working-hours an aid, not a hindrance, to output. No element of production wreaks havoc comparable to that wrought by sabotage, and fatigue is a prime saboteur of industry. But there are nonetheless limits upon the gains in production, or lack of losses in production, to be realized by the elimination of fatigue. Such limits may seldom be clearly indicated, and they may vary markedly from industry to industry, but they are still real and potent. We laugh out of court the irate defender of the status quo ante bellum in industry who insists that the chief factor in the present increased cost of living has been the extension of trade unionism, with the consequent reduction of the working-hours of Labor. But we should no less insistently laugh out of court the optimistic Socialist who would deny that the reduction of working-hours has constituted one of the fa...
Title:The larger socialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217120555

ISBN - 13:9780217120555