The Religion of Socialism: Being Essays in Modern Socialist Criticism

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S. Sonnenschein & Company, lim., 1891 - 177 psl.

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66 psl. - The fact that half a day's labour is necessary to keep the labourer alive during 24 hours does not in any way prevent him from working a whole day.
52 psl. - In what sense Socialism is not religious will be now clear. It utterly despises the " other world " with all its stage properties — that is, the present objects of religion. In what sense it is not irreligious will be also, I think, tolerably clear. It brings back religion from heaven to earth, which, as we have sought to show, was its original sphere. It looks beyond the present moment or the present individual life though not, indeed, to another world, but to another and a higher social life...
67 psl. - Hitherto it is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. They have enabled a greater population to live the same life of drudgery and imprisonment, and an increased number of manufacturers and others to make fortunes.
94 psl. - We are told, with a moral bluntness which strangely contrasts with a profession of lofty social aims, that " to the socialist labour is an evil to be minimized to the utmost, the man who works at his trade or avocation more than necessity compels him, or who accumulates more than he can enjoy, is not a hero, but a fool, from the socialist standpoint, and thrift is contemptuously discarded.
126 psl. - No, the foreign policy of the great international Socialist party must be to break up these hideous race monopolies called empires, beginning in each case at home. Hence everything which makes for the disruption and disintegration of the empire to which he belongs must be welcomed by the Socialist as an ally.
81 psl. - Though before thee the throned Cytherean be fallen, and hidden her head, Yet thy kingdom shall pass, Galilean, thy dead shall go down to thee dead.
52 psl. - It is in the hope and the struggle for this higher social life, ever-widening, ever-intensifying, whose ultimate possibilities are beyond the power of language to express or thought to conceive, that the Socialist finds his ideal, his religion. He sees in the reconstruction of society in the interest of all, in the rehabilitation, in a higher form and without its limitations, of the old communal life — the proximate end of all present endeavour.
69 psl. - Apart from natural exhaustion through age, etc., I must be able on the morrow to work with the same normal amount of force, health, and freshness as today. You preach to me constantly the gospel of "saving
126 psl. - For the Socialist the word frontier does not exist ; for him love of country, as such, is no nobler sentiment than love of class. The blustering " patriot," big with England's glory, is precisely on a level with the bloated plutocrat, proud to belong to that great " middle class," which he assures you is
81 psl. - Socialism has been well described as a new conception of the world presenting itself in industry as co-operative Communism, in politics as international Republicanism, in religion as atheistic Humanism, by which is meant the recognition of social progress as our being's highest end and aim.

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