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The common sense of socialism

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Pages: 118

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Spargo

Excerpt from book: in THE TWO CLASSES IN THE NATION Mankind are divided into two great classes — the shearers and the shorn. You should always side with the former against the latter.— Talleyrand. All men having the same origin are of equal antiquity: nature has made no difference in their formation. Strip the nobles naked and you are as well as they: dress them in your rags, and you in their robes, and you will doubtless be the nobles. Poverty and riches only discriminate betwixt you.— Machiavelli. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shall not be stolen from.— Thomas Carlyle. I want you to consider, friend Jonathan, the fact that in this and every other civilized country there are two classes. There are, as it were, two nations in every nation, two cities in every city. There is a class that lives in luxury and a class that lives in poverty. A class constantly engaged in producing wealth but Owning little or none of the wealth produced and a class that enjoys most of the wealth without the trouble and pain of producing it. If I go into any city in America I can find beautiful and costly mansions in one part of the city, and miserable, squalid tenement hovels in another part. And I never have to ask where the workers live. I know that the people who live in the mansions don't produce anything: that the wealth producers alone are poor and miserably housed. Republican and Democratic politicians never ask youto consider such things. They expect you to let them do all the thinking, and to content yourself with shouting and voting for them. As a Socialist, I want you to do some thinking for. yourself. Not being a politician, but a simple fellow-citizen, I am not interested in having you vote for anything you do not understand. If you should offer to vote for Socialism without understanding it...  


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