Guild Socialism; A Plan for Economic Democracy

Guild Socialism; A Plan for Economic Democracy

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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 edition. Excerpt: antagonistic, but a cooperative and complementary relationship. The Councils would exist to make articulate the civic point of view, the vital spiritual and physical demands of the people, and to cooperate with the various Guilds which would have entrusted to them the task of supplying these demands. There are spiritual and physical as well as economic demands, and in these spheres also articulate demand must meet and cooperate with organized supply! The Councils, then, would express the demand of the people, locally even more than nationally, in accordance with the decentralization of the system, in relation to cultural and physical needs. The citizen is interested in the type of education, drama, medical and sanitary services, parks and public institutions to be provided, and it is the business of those whose vocation lies in these services to provide, in accordance with their knowledge and initiative, what the people wants. It is sometimes argued that, especially in the sphere of education, the majority of the people wants nothing at all; but functional representation, with the election of ad hoc authorities, very properly gives those who do want something and to take an interest the best opportunity of making their voice heard. Moreover, under conditions of democratic equality of status, it is difficult to believe that the Cultural Council, with its opportunities for the expression of spiritual and artistic desires, would not provide the most popular of all openings for communal service.3 In the sphere of education, however, a further problem of civic expression now immediately confronts us. For if the right of all adult citizens to vote for functional bodies provides a sufficient expression for the civic point of view in relation more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663926
  • 9781236663924