Labor and Internationalism

Labor and Internationalism

Labor and Internationalism

Labor and Internationalism

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Internationalism may be an ideal, a policy, or a method. In any case, its characteristic feature is emphasis on the common interests of nations, on the political and economic interdependence of all peoples, on good-will and co-operation as opposed to wars and national conflicts.

During the past one hundred years there have been five types of internationalism: humanitarian, pacifist, commercial, social-reformist, and socialrevolutionary. Humanitarian internationalism is an aspiration for common ideas and ideals which would bring the peoples of the world together in a common civilization. Pacifist internationalism is an effort to promote peace through legal methods such as compulsory arbitration and international courts of justice. Commercial internationalism assumes that free trade is the principle which can organize world relations on the basis of a community of interests and of maximum prosperity. Socialreformist internationalism urges international cooperation for the purpose of elevating the social condition of the masses as a necessary foundation of . . .

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