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Social Justice Without Socialism

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,225 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60
LoC Category: HN
Downloads: 847
Added to site: 2009.10.25 25632

The greatest obstacle to social justice is monopoly. There can be no real justice without freedom to compete. The insuring of this freedom should be the primary aim of governmental enterprise. The working day should be shortened, dangers of occupation should be minimized, the tariff on the necessaries of the poor man should be lowered, emergency employment should be provided, natural resources should be conserved, and kindred reforms should be guaranteed, but the great underlying necessity is the maintenance of those economic rivalries that foster progress.

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young children by hard and prolonged labor. We are making headway in removing this evil, but much still remains to be gained; and a vast amount is to be gained by a comprehensive policy for improving the status of working-women.

Social justice demands some effective means of getting legal justice. We have courts, certainly. Do they give the service that we need and, in particular, do they give it to the poor? We do not here impugn the motives of judges. Generally speaking, they are honest; but the whole system of court procedure is hampered by detailed statutes and technical rules, that mean an amount of cost and delay which in itself is the very quintessence of injustice. A citizen is offered a choice between submitting to the wrong inflicted by a fellow-citizen and accepting the wrong inflicted by a dilatory and crushingly costly legal procedure. We probably excel some nations in the rightfulness of the decisions we can get if we live long enough and have money enough to get them; but there are few c



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