The Public Domain and Democracy; A Study of Social, Economic and Political Problems in the United States in Relation to Western Development

The Public Domain and Democracy; A Study of Social, Economic and Political Problems in the United States in Relation to Western Development

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...mod em with ancient society.1 In earlier social organization the family was the unit; now it is the individual. With the family as the unit the individual members become secondary in importance. This extended to matters arising with offenses committed against the law. A crime became a corporate act and involved others than those directly partici-pating in it. A man who committed a crime made all his kinsfolk liable. The movement of all progressive societies, however, has been toward dissolving this group intensification, substituting therefor individual responsibility.1 In time, with the growth of civil organizations, came the development of civil codes whose provisions were equally binding on all. The beginnings of formal law codes recognizing the individual as a responsible unit in society was a great stepforward in the evolution of social institutions. But even then men more or less lost their identity in the social order. Power in the form of external control, emanating from a superior source, regulated or limited the individual's field of action. Later on the church, for instance, took upon itself the right and duty of ordering his religious life until the movement for free thinking and personal liberty found expression in the Reformation, a movement which brought about the organization and dissemination of the great protestant faiths, and which in the earlier periods, as the name signifies, was a protest against highlydeveloped authoritative central control by an institution repressive of individual liberty in matters religious. Though it can hardly be said that this protestant movement completely realized in itself the ideal of religious liberty and toleration, yet it paved the way for reformations to follow down to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849302
  • 9781236849304