The Consensus Volume 3-4

The Consensus Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...Charles W. Eliot President Emeritus of Harvard University The paper published by the New Republic as the "reconstruction" program of the British Labor Party, prepared by "a sub-committee of the Executive," is, after all, only a tentative program, or a feeler, although the New Republic refers to it in one place "as probably the most mature and carefully promulgated program ever put forth by a responsible political party." When I had read it through two or three times with strict attention, it seemed to me the most discouraging or least wise paper on the reconstitution of society after the war which has appeared since the war began. I suppose that my reason for feeling discouraged was that I have heretofore believed, and still believe, that there should come out of this war an abiding union between Great Britain and the United States in war and in peace, in commerce and industry, in common sentiments and common hopes. Now, if that tentative program of the British Labor Party represents the opinion of any considerable body of men in Great Britain, there is going to be a serious difficulty in effecting a firm union between Great Britain and the United States; because Americans as a rule have no faith in the fundamental doctrine of socialism--no private property. To be sure, that fundamental doctrine is not expressly maintained in this program of the British Labor Party; but all its proposals lead straight to the adoption by the nation of that doctrine. I venture to say that the doc trine--no private property--not only does not commend itself to Americans in general, but that they regard it as an enfeebling, degenerate doctrine as regards the public well-being and the development of strong private and public...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984145
  • 9781236984142