Arnold Toynbee Volume 7

Arnold Toynbee Volume 7

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...between the functions which must be discharged by the state and the functions which may be discharged by the individual. It proposed three tests whereby to try the wisdom of interference in any particular instance by the state: " first, the matter must be one of primary social importance; next, it must be proved to be practicable; thirdly, the state interference must not diminish self-reliance." It will probably occur to all who have pursued inquiries of this nature that the hardest thing is, not to lay down good rules, but to insure their observance. In our age, at least, it is not so much want of knowledge as the zeal of narrow enthusiasts or the interested ambition of political intriguers which leads to an excessive or injudicious interference by the state with the individual. These were not the only addresses which Toynbee gave in pursuance of his favorite plan; but they have been singled out here, because they have been reprinted among his literary remains and are characteristic both in thought and expression. They are all pervaded by a hopefulness heightened, perhaps, by youth, yet innate in the man. Toynbee thought that the conditions for solving the question of the relation between capital and labor were to be found, if in any country, in England. The old habit of joint action for public ends by men of every class; the ennobling traditions of freedom and order; the strong sense and energetic moderation often displayed by the workmen, particularly in the north, their experience acquired in organizing and administering trades unions and co-operative societies; and the large mass of property already held by them; all these circumstances convinced him that, in England at least, an even and steady progress was possible, if men of culture more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670884
  • 9781236670885