The socialists as their own critics when they denounce the actual motives of the able man as he is and as they say he always has been. They attack the typically able man of all periods as a monster of congenital selfishness, and it is men of this special type whom they propose to transform suddenly into monsters of self-abnegation.
want of faith in the efficacy of their own moral suasion
and their proposal to supplement this by the ballot.
Individualmotive and democracy
Exaggerated powers ascribed to democracy by inaccurate thinkers.
example from an essay by a recent philosophic thinker,
special reference to the rewards of exceptional ability.
writer maintains that the money rewards of ability
determined by the opinion of the majority expressing itself
through votes and statutes.
writer’s typical error. A governing body
might enact any
laws, but they would not be obeyed unless consonant with human
are obliged to conform to the propensities of human
which it is their office to regulate.
but unconscious admission of this fact by the writer
here quoted himself.
power of democracy in the economic sphere, its magnitude
its limits. The demands of the minority a counterpart of those
of the majority.
demand of the great wealth-producer mainly a demand
of a well-known socialist to the impossibility of
altering the character of individual demand by outside
Christiansocialism as A substitute for secular democracy
meaning of Christian socialism, as restated to-day
just criticism of the fallacy underlying modern ideas
democracy. The impossibility of equalising unequal men by
Christian socialism teaches, he says, that the abler men should make themselves equal to ordinary men by surrendering to them the products of their own ability, or else by abstaining from its exercise.
author’s ignorance of the nature of the modern
process. His idea of steel.
confuses the production of wealth on a great scale
acquisition of wealth when produced.
only really productive ability which he distinctly
recognises is that of the speculative inventor.