d the `great statesmen' who make anti-socialist speeches: unless we believe that they are deliberate liars and imposters, who to serve their own interests labour to mislead other people, we must conclude that they do not understand Socialism. There is no other possible explanation of the extraordinary things they write and say. The thing they cry out against is not Socialism but a phantom of their own imagining.
Another answer is that `The Philanthropists' is not a treatise or essay, but a novel. My main object was to write a readable story full of human interest and based on the happenings of everyday life, the subject of Socialism being treated incidentally.
This was the task I set myself. To what extent I have succeeded is for others to say; but whatever their verdict, the work possesses at least one merit - that of being true. I have invented nothing. There are no scenes or incidents in the story that I have not either witnessed myself or had conclusive evidence of. As far as I dared I let th
I read this book a few months ago and its never been out of my mind.I am just an ordinary person,a worker you might say.The book is so relevent in our society today it could have been written last week.
As a Japanese citizen, I was amazed to find that the working condition in England a hundred years ago is so similar to that of the present Japan where 10 million people work in low-paid jobs with no security or social benefits. This novel gives me a lot of food for thought.
An eye opening work of uncanny relevance today in my Australian context as the present Liberal government proceeds to emasculate the employees and unions with draconian Industrial Relations legislation.
Coupled with Anti-Terrorist legislation removing individual rights and freedoms which US citizens have enshrined in their constitution I hold grave fears for this country which has been so good to me.
I believe people have forgotten how bad things can be when left up to the "bosses discretion" and how hard won all of the working conditions we enjoy today were.
In 10 years time Australia will be ripe for "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists of Australia 2015."
Unfortunately, probably true for a lot of countries. How sad is that?
I will be recommending this book to as many people as I can.
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