Socialism and the Social Movement in the 19th Century

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Author: Werner Sombart
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 39,462 / 132 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39
LoC Category: HX
Downloads: 422
Added to site: 2011.07.19
mnybks.net#: 30443
Genre: Politics
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ential elements in every social movement are these: First, an existing order in which a certain society lives, and particularly a social order which rests chiefly upon the manner of production and distribution of material goods as the necessary basis of human existence. This specific system of production and distribution is the point of issue for every social movement. Secondly, a social class which is discontented with the existing conditions. By a "social class" I understand a number of similarly interested persons, especially persons who are similarly interested in economic matters--the distinctive point; that is, of men who are interested in a specific system of production and distribution. We must, in understanding any social class, go back to this economic system; and we should not allow ourselves to be blinded or confused by the inbred notions of certain classes. These prepossessions, which frequently control, are only bulwarks of classes differing economically. And, thirdly, an aim which this class, d

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