Man in the Past, Present and Future; A Popular Account of the Results of Recent Scientific Research as Regards the Origin, Position and Prospects of T

Man in the Past, Present and Future; A Popular Account of the Results of Recent Scientific Research as Regards the Origin, Position and Prospects of T

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...that the chief benefit of this increase of value accrues almost exclusively to individual persons who are accidentally in possession of this or that property and who perhaps have contributed least of all by their own activity to bring about the result. No one will be inclined to assert that those in whose hands capital or the results of the industry, the skill, the thought and the exertions of the generations, which lived before us and of those still living, is now chiefly to be found, have earned it by their own activity and industry, or that the poverty and want of property of the lower and working classes are the consequences of misfortunes which they have brought upon themselves. There is therefore no other means to level these irregularities so as to satisfy justice and the needs of national economy, except the partly permanent and partly temporary restoration of capital, the wealth of the people, the property of mankind, to the hands of those to whom they naturally and justly belong, namely into the possession of the community or of mankind as such. Whilst these goods then stand once more at the disposal of the individual so far as he requires them for the development and utilization of his powers, they make him independent of the dominion of private capital and enable him, without sacrificing his powers in the service of others, to serve both himself and the community or humanity at large by his activity. But the former power of private capital itself will lose almost all its importance in the presence of the enormous concentration of the wealth of the people in the hands of the state or of the community, and the diminution or perhaps total cessation of the interest accruing from it under competition with the capital of the state will...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535715
  • 9781236535719