English_Master November 16, 2015 No Comments
SLAVERY GENERATES POVERTY Poverty is the symptom; slavery, the disease. Many are not enslaved because they are poor; they are poor because they are enslaved. Yet, socialists have all often fixed their eyes upon the material misery of the poor without realizing that it rests upon the spiritual degradation of the slave. I do not think any responsible person can doubt that the evils of power in the present systems are vastly greater than is necessary, nor that they might be immeasurably diminished by suitable form of socialism. A few fortunate people, it is true, are now able to live freely and they could hardly have more liberty under any other system. But the great bulks, not only of the very poor, but of all sections of wage earners and even of the professional classes, are the slaves of needs. Almost all are compelled to work so hard that they have little leisure for enjoyment or for pursuits outside their regular occupation. Those who are able to retire in later middle age are bored because they have not learnt how to fill their times when they are at liberty, and such interests as they once had apart from work have dried up. Yet, these are the exceptionally fortunate; the...
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