The Socialist Campaign Book of 1900
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Socialist Party (U.S.)
Excerpt from book: Introduction This book is primarily addressed to the working class. The prosperity and the social and moral vigor of a nation depends upon the condition of its working class. Not only does the working class constitute the large majority of a nation but by this class all material and intellectual value is created. That this class produces all the material goods that make life possible and give to it its comfort and pleasure, is an apparent fact, although the "Captains and Directors" of industry step out of the industrial circle and claim a different classification and a different reward, and the "Financier" has secured the privilege of robbing this class of the greater part of the returns of its labor. But the working class is also the source of all progress, intellectual and spiritual. It is this class that stands close to nature, wrenches from her the means of existence, and in this struggle learns nature's life-giving secrets. The individuals of this class are forced shoulder to shoulder, and in close contact with each other without the barriers of cast or conventionality, learn to know the human heart and develop the feelings of human kinship, without which true progress is impossible. It is in the experiences of this close struggle with nature and man that the forces of success and progress are found. In this struggle only does evolution produce types of real value to mankind. But it is true that even here the working class is largely deprived of the honor and profit of its successes. The leisure class delegates its "educated and artistic'' servants to collect the results of this struggle with nature and present them in a shape acceptable to the leisure class. Withdrawing from this struggle, that alone can give strength to the arm, and refusing useful co-operation wit...