The Economic Basis of Class Conflict and Other Essays in Political Economy

The Economic Basis of Class Conflict and Other Essays in Political Economy

The Economic Basis of Class Conflict and Other Essays in Political Economy

The Economic Basis of Class Conflict and Other Essays in Political Economy

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The papers which form the main part of this collection were not written with a view to collected publication. They have been written at different times in the last twelve years, some for public lectures, some for learned publications, some for journals more accessible to the general reader. In editing them now, I have endeavoured to eliminate terminological inconsistencies and to improve the exposition generally. But to bring about anything like complete systematization would have involved a degree of rewriting which other preoccupations do not permit; and I have made no attempt to do so.

Nevertheless I venture to hope that they do possess a sufficiently common focus of interest to warrant the claim that they are something more than a merely miscellaneous collection. That focus, as I conceive it, is the problem of the relation between the interests of society and the interests of different groups within society -- groups of producers, groups of workers, the geographical groups which we call nations; and the leit-motiv of the analysis is exposition of the way in which forms of organization facilitating group exclusiveness may be the cause of social disharmony. Thus, the first paper, The Economic Basis of Class Conflict . . .

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