How to Tell Progress from Reaction: Roads to Industrial Democracy

How to Tell Progress from Reaction: Roads to Industrial Democracy

How to Tell Progress from Reaction: Roads to Industrial Democracy

How to Tell Progress from Reaction: Roads to Industrial Democracy

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This book seeks to determine what advantages the working people in a democracy may hope to derive from complete government ownership of industry and whether government ownnership is compatible with the democratic way of life. It is for that reason an effort to discover if government ownership is an indispensable feature of industrial democracy or whether it is possible for the wage earners to achieve industrial democracy under the system of private enterprise.

It seemed a reasonable way of approach in this inquiry to begin with a glance at the first imaginary efforts towards the communal form of life -- Plato Republic, Thomas More Utopia, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and other romantic conceptions of society. Our study then moves on to the actual attempts to establish socialist colonies in the United States, such as Robert Owen's New Harmony and the Brook Farm experiment.

The investigation then takes up the United States Post Office as a long-familiar example of government in business and its relations with organized labor. This leads to a survey of the social and economic gains achieved during the last half century in the three outstanding democracies -- the United States . . .

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