Socialism: Its Theoretical Basis and Practical Application. Victor Cathrein, Victor F. Gettelmann.

Socialism: Its Theoretical Basis and Practical Application

New York: Benziger Brothers, 1904.

Hardcover. 8" X 5 1/2". 424pp. Bound in blue cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Mild wear to boards with rubbing and toning to covers, corners, and edges. Dust-spotting to edges of text block. Very faint foxing to front and rear endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. Book presents nicely with boards encased in protective archival sleeve.

In view of this gigantic development of social democracy it certainly behooves' every man of culture, but above all the leaders in civil and social life, to become familiar with socialist ideas, to make themselves acquainted with the scientific basis so much vaunted by socialists, and to form an independent judgment concerning them. To oppose the spread of socialism by means of police regulations, as was done by the famous Socialist Law of Germany, must always prove utterly abortive; in this struggle intellectual and moral weapons rather will be used to advantage. Modern socialism can and must be combated both theoretically and practically. Practical endeavors are of the first importance, and they above all will help to check the further spread of social democracy, and will erect a powerful dam to stem the tide of revolution. Social reform along reasonable lines will remove the grievances which now furnish ample material for the declamations of socialist agitators. For no one can deny that in our modem society many abuses call for correction; also we advocate social reform wherever needed. However, reform is not the real aim of socialists; their purpose is the radical subversion of all existing social conditions and the reconstruction of society on an entirely new basis. That this their attempt is impracticable and fraught with disaster is to be seen in these pages. This theoretical exposition of socialism has become more important nowadays than ever before, nay, it is absolutely necessary.(Publisher). Good +. Item #8980

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