German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle

German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle

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German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle

German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle

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In the election to the German Reichstag which took place early last year, nearly eight hundred thousand votes were cast for Socialist candidates, and the Social-Democratic party claimed, not without reason, that altogether nearly a million Socialists took part in the election. That is a stupendous fact. What is its significance? At the time of the election the number of men qualified, by the completion of the twenty-fifth year, to vote was estimated at nine and three quarter millions. Thus one in ten could be regarded as a Socialist. It is, however, a well-known fact that a large proportion of the Socialist army is made up of young artisans, operatives, and labourers from the age of eighteen upward, so that the figures given by no means represent the full strength of the party in Germany. These are facts which will bear a good deal of careful pondering. Let us think of Socialism as we will, it is not to be pooh-poohed out of existence. Here it is, a great power in our civilisation, a momentousfactor in national life.

It can hardly be called an idle task to trace the growth of this vast social force in Germany, for not only may Germany be regarded as the classic land of modern Socialism, but other countries, both Continental and Transatlantic, are fed with Socialistic doctrines from this copious fountain. Further, England bears a certain amount of responsibility for the German Socialist movement. Apart altogether from the influence exerted by English political economists and Socialists upon the representatives of scientific Socialism in Germany, it must not be forgotten that many of the active leaders of militant Communism, Socialism, and Social-Democracy -- for example . . .

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