Why I Am a Socialist

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byCharles Edward Russell

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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. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX A NOTE ABOUT POVERTY I Have enough to eat, enough to wear, enough of light and fresh air, something of recreation, something of leisure. All the persons in my street, and almost all the persons that I see about me day after day, have enough to eat, enough to wear, and are comfortably housed. I go through a residence street from my place of abode to the places where I transact business or seek amusement, and then from the places where I seek amusement or transact business to my place of abode, and all the persons I meet seem to have enough to eat, enough to wear, enough of light and fresh air, and to be physically comfortable. Year in and year out, unless I go to seek them, I shall see practically no persons that do not have enough to eat, enough to wear, and are not comfortably housed; for so is the world arranged. If by any rare chance one gaunt face or illnourished form crosses my path I may tell myself that this person is intemperate, or improvident, or of ill-life. I may say so with reasonable assurance, because I and all others in my walk of life are repeatedly assured by persons of some experience that this is the case. I am assured, for instance, that if there are any beggars in the world, they are beggars by choice, and not necessity; if any men have not labor, it is their own fault, since there is work enough for all; that if in odd and unvisited corners destitution may lurk, this is no concern of mine, nor of any others like me, but merely a condition the destitute have brought upon themselves. In this fair land of ours opportunity is equal for all; if a man be smart and alert, he shall win a competence; if he be not smart and alert, his defects be upon his own head; we that are smart' and alert have no responsibility for him. This is...

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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. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX A NOTE ABOUT POVERTY I Have enough to eat, enough to wear, enough of light and fresh air, something of recreation, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217970931

ISBN - 13:9780217970938

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