Critical and Literary

Critical and Literary

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...them. 'The slight sketch thatl have attempted of the ideas which furrow here and there the field of democracy, would not therefore be complete, if I were to pass over Communism in silence. There is, besides, always something of value to be detected, by observing these ebullitions of the party; were it only a great protest against a vicious social state; were it only a homage implicitly rendered to the great principle, so long misunderstood, of human brotherhood and association. It must not be forgotten that at another great epoch of renovation; between the last convulsions of Paganism and the first Christian hymn, communist tendencies directed the young social ideas of the new believers. I have said that Communism denied both the individual and society. It does deny both the one and the other in their constituent vital elements--liberty, progress, and the moral development of the creature. Wavering between St. Simonianism and Fourierism, it borrows from the first its tyrannical tendencies, its inevitable violation of individual liberty; from the other its law of satisfaction of the inclimztion.r, which it would reduce to want: --in vain, since every strongly felt inclination constitutes a real want to him who feels it: it exceeds them both in its absolute contempt for the past, for all historical tradition, for all manifestation of the previous life of humanity. St. Simonianism, recognising the importance at least of the religious problem, offers its doctrine as a continuation of that of jesus. Fourierism, in its exaggerated and exclusive worship of human liberty, recognises at least the sacredness of one of the essential elements of the creature. Communism abolishes at once religion by indifference, and liberty by the immovable...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846192
  • 9781236846198