A second and more practical, but less systematic, form of this Socialism sought to depreciate every revolutionary movement in the eyes of the working class, by showing that no mere political reform, but only a change in the material conditions of existence, in economic
relations, could be of any advantage to them.
There were even classes at the London School of Economics
, and a humble personal appeal to the director of that institution to recommend a course bearing on the flower business.
But to teach the Negro to do skilful work, as men of all the races that have risen have worked,--responsible work, which IS education and character; and most of all when Negroes so teach Negroes to do this that they will teach others with a missionary zeal that puts all ordinary philanthropic efforts to shame,--this is to change the whole economic
basis of life and the whole character of a people.
But just as the force of gravitation, incomprehensible in itself but felt by every man, is understood by us only to the extent to which we know the laws of inevitability to which it is subject (from the first knowledge that all bodies have weight, up to Newton's law), so too the force of free will, incomprehensible in itself but of which everyone is conscious, is intelligible to us only in as far as we know the laws of inevitability to which it is subject (from the fact that every man dies, up to the knowledge of the most complex economic
and historic laws).
Ralph interested her more than any one else in the world, and she often broke off in the middle of one of these economic
discussions, in spite of their gravity, to consider some fresh aspect of his character.
While I read him, I was in a world where the right came out best, as I believe it will yet do in this world, and where merit was crowned with the success which I believe will yet attend it in our daily life, untrammelled by social convention or economic
Opportunities swarmed in the streets and buildings and human and economic
relations of the city of his dream.
Thus, in his development, Martin found himself face to face with economic
morality, or the morality of class; and soon it became to him a grisly monster.
Ra Vatu had had economic
and ethical objections to monogamy.
He never talked shop out of class and committee rooms, except later on, when his books showered him with distasteful public notice and he yielded to the extent of reading occasional papers before certain literary and economic
followed the primitive economic
maxim, "Every man his own horse.
I had four preferences: first, music; second, poetry; third, the writing of philosophic, economic
, and political essays; and, fourth, and last, and least, fiction writing.