Progressive Democracy

Progressive 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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... the obvious sense but in the sense of being educational. A nation which does not act sincerely and intelligently in the interest of its collective purpose will not learn much from its own experience. Societies will never be socialized out of scripts, speeches, exhortations and creeds, unless their interest has been aroused, their attention concentrated, and their will disciplined by loyal action on behalf of the social ideal. The attempt to redeem by practical action a comprehensive social responsibility derives its peculiar value less from the probability of any emphatic immediate success than from the demands which it makes upon its supporters. Every specific program which is honestly intended to work for social betterment issues a challenge to its advocates for careful preparation, for disinterested self-devotion, and for a candid appraisal of any possible results. The popular will cannot be sincerely expressed in such a program without also being strengthened and enlightened. A social atmosphere will be created of enterprise, of accomplishment, of moral earnestness and of inexhaustible curiosity, which will help to make the systematic inculcation of the faith really fruitful. Progressive democracy is bound to keep its immediate and specific social program disengaged from its ideal of social righteousness. The immediate program is only the temporary instrument, which must be continually reformed and readjusted as a result of the experience gained by its experimental application To return to our former analogy, it is the torch with which the nation gropes its way in the direction of the star. Dogmatic individualism and dogmatic socialism both conceive their specific programs, their immediate itineraries, as an adequate and a safe guide-book...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236510437
  • 9781236510433