Sunday Labor

Sunday Labor

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...who has been unlucky in the play of life and needs assistance. Such help does not degrade either party, but is highly beneficial to both, and metes out a justice that cannot be administered by the state. A kind and generous man by his deeds lays up treasures in heaven, so to speak, and, in times of trial, men will come to his rescue, while the grouchy one is left alone in his hour of need. It sounds strange to a poor man to hear the rich complain how hard it is to dispense of their fortunes. At first glance it looks like pure hypocrisy. He will ask: "If the capitalist has too much money, why doesn't he pay his workingmen better? They have to strike for even a little raise in their wages. Or why doesn't he give it to me? I need the money." A second thought convinces us that the rich may be sincere about it. One, who is aware what queer notions class-consciousness produces, sees that the capitalist cannot give to the laborer willingly, any more than he has to, for that would be like a confession of guilt, and we must all justify ourselves to ourselves, or die. It is also easily seen that laborers receiving wages beyond what they are able to wrest from their employers, would be of small benefit to them. A justice reigns, but its ways are supple and elusive. It was said of a sociologist that he knew more things that were not so than any other man, and what man knows about justice is often what is not so. It seems that men, who by force of circumstances have taken advantage of others, and, by special privileges, secured vast fortunes, could not, even if they wished, return it to the public at large. What money is gained by special privileges must go to special privileges. For instance, can they, by gifts to universities, advance...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822692
  • 9781236822697