Elements of Socialism: A Text-Book

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SUMMARY
1. Socialists desire to make political democracy a reality by establishing universal suffrage, direct legislation and proportional representation, and by abolishing the upper houses of parliaments.
2. They demand the free administration of justice and the abolition of the powers of the courts which protect class privilege.
3. They demand State protection for the working class by abolishing child labor, restricting the working period and establishing State insurance
4. They desire the extension of public health legislation, and are generally interested in the promotion of temperance.
5. They wish to substitute direct for indirect taxation, and to bring about the collective ownership and operation of the principal means of production and exchange. They generally favor some form of compensation to the expropriated owners of industry.
QUESTIONS
Why do Socialists generally favor the initiative and referendum?
What are the advantages of proportional representation? Of the second ballot?
Why do Socialists wish to abolish the Senate?
How does the present judicial system uphold class rule?
What is the Socialist argument for State insurance?
Compare the positions of the various Socialist parties on the subject of alcoholism.
Why do Socialists oppose indirect taxation?
What are the possible methods of obtaining possession of industry?
What are the advantages of the method of compensation?

LITERATURE

Ensor R. C. K., Modern Socialism, Chaps. XXII-XXVIII.

Hillquit M., Socialism in Theory and Practice, Part II.

Hunter R., Socialists at Work, Chaps. VI-VIII.

Jaurès Jean, Studies in Socialism, Chaps. VII-X.

Kautsky K., Das Erfurter Program (tr. as The Class Struggle).

Liebknecht W., Socialism, What it is and What it Seeks to Accomplish.

Snowden Philip, Socialism and the Drink Question.

Spargo John, Socialism (Revised Edition) Chaps. IX-X.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • PART I SOCIALISM AS CRITICISM 1
  • Chapter I: INTRODUCTION 3
  • Chapter II Capitalist Society 7
  • LITERATURE 18
  • Chapter III Planless Production 19
  • LITERATURE 29
  • Chapter IV Poverty 30
  • LITERATURE 43
  • Chapter V Leisure and Luxury 44
  • LITERATURE 52
  • Chapter VI Individual and Social Responsibility 53
  • LITERATURE 58
  • PART II SOCIALIST THEORY 59
  • Chapter VII: INTRODUCTORY 61
  • Chapter VIII Social Evolution 65
  • LITERATURE 75
  • Chapter IX the Economic Interpretation of History 76
  • LITERATURE 90
  • Chapter X Industrial Evolution 91
  • LITERATURE 99
  • Chapter XI the Class Struggle Theory 100
  • LITERATURE 115
  • Chapter XII Value and Price 116
  • LITERATURE 140
  • Chapter XIII Surplus-Value 141
  • LITERATURE 156
  • Chapter XIV the Law of Concentration 157
  • LITERATURE 167
  • Chapter XV Monopolies and Trusts 168
  • LITERATURE 184
  • PART III THE SOCIALIST IDEAL 185
  • Chapter XVI the Utopian Socialist Ideal 187
  • LITERATURE 200
  • Chapter XVII the Ideals of Modern Socialism 201
  • LITERATURE 211
  • Chapter XVIII Socialist State--Political 212
  • LITERATURE 223
  • Chapter XIX: THE SOCIALIST STATE--ECONOMIC 224
  • Chapter XX Socialism and the Family 240
  • LITERATURE 251
  • PART IV THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT 253
  • Chapter XXI the Rise and Growth of Modern Socialism 255
  • LITERATURE 265
  • Chapter XXII the National Socialist Movemenis 266
  • LITERATURE 314
  • PART V POLICY AND PROGRAM 315
  • Chapter XXIII Socialism and Social Reform 317
  • LITERATURE 336
  • Chapter XXIV the Reform Program of Socialism 337
  • LITERATURE 353
  • Chapter XXV Some Objections to Socialism Considered 354
  • LITERATURE 369
  • Index 371
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