News from Nowhere, Or, an Epoch of Rest; Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance
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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... period of transition from commercial slavery to freedom may thus be summarized. When the hope of realizing a communal condition of life for all men arose, quite late in the nineteenth century, the power of the middle classes, the then tyrants of society, was so enormous and crushing that to almost all men, even those who had, you may say despite themselves, despite their reason and judgment, conceived such hopes, it seemed a dream. So much was this the case that some of those more enlightened men "who were then called Socialists, although they well knew, and even stated in public, that the only reasonable condition of society was that of pur Communism (suqh as you now see around you), yet shrunk from what seemed to them the barren task of preaching the realization of a happj dream. Looking back now, we can see that the great motive-power of the change was a longing foT freedom and equality, akin if you please to the unreasonable passion of the lover; a sicknessN of heart that rejected with loathing the aimless solitary life of the well-to-do educated man of that time, --phrases, my dear friend, which have lost their meaning to us of the present day, so far removed we are from the dreadful facts which they represent. "Well, these men, though conscious of this feeling, had no faith in it. Nor was that wonderful; for looking around them they saw the huge mass of the oppressed classes too much burdened with the misery of their lives, and too much overwhelmed by the selfishness of misery, to be able to form a conception of any escape from it except by the ordinary way prescribed by the system of slavery under which they lived; which was nothing more than a remote chance of climbing out of the oppressed into the oppressing classes....
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