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New Worlds For Old A Plain Account of Modern Socialism   By: (1866-1946)

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NEW WORLDS FOR OLD

A PLAIN ACCOUNT OF MODERN SOCIALISM

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

SHORT STORIES

The Plattner Story and others Tales of Space and Time The Stolen Bacillus and other Stories Twelve Stories and a Dream

ROMANCES

The Time Machine The Island of Dr. Moreau The War of the Worlds The Wonderful Visit The Invisible Man The First Men in the Moon The Food of the Gods The Sea Lady When the Sleeper Wakes In the Days of the Comet

NOVELS

Love and Mr. Lewisham Kipps

SOCIOLOGICAL AND SOCIALIST ESSAYS

Anticipations Mankind in the Making A Modern Utopia The Future in America

NEW WORLDS FOR OLD

A PLAIN ACCOUNT OF MODERN SOCIALISM

BY

H. G. WELLS

LONDON CONSTABLE & COMPANY LTD. 1912

Published March 1908. Popular Edition Revised June 1909. Reprinted July 1909, Sept. 1922

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

"Undiluted Atheism, theft and immorality.... I know of no language sufficiently potent to express fully my absolute detestation of what I believe to be the most poisonous doctrine ever put forward, namely Socialism."

HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF RUTLAND.

"Let all parties then unite to defeat this insidious Socialism which is threatening the country, and take immediate steps to expose and bring it to light. The country may truly be said to be sleeping over a veritable volcano which the next general election may precipitate, unless steps are taken at once to bring this nightmare into the light of day and force it out of its creeping nocturnal habits."

MR. DUDLEY S. A. COSBY in the Westminster Review .

"Many people think that it is possible to conduct a victorious campaign with the single watchword 'Down with Socialism.' Well, I am not fond of mere negatives. I do not like fighting an abstract noun. My objection to Anti Socialism as a platform is that Socialism means so many different things. On this point I agree with Mr. Asquith. I will wait before I denounce Socialism till I see what form it takes... Socialism is not necessarily synonymous with robbery. Correctly used, the word only signifies a particular view of the proper relation of the State to its citizens, a tendency to substitute public for private ownership, or to restrict the freedom of individual enterprise in the interests of the public. But there are some forms of property which we all admit should be public and not private, and the freedom of individual enterprise is already limited by a hundred laws. Socialism and Individualism, I am not fond of these abstract phrases. There are opposing principles which enter in various proportions into the constitution of every civilized society. It is merely a question of degree. One community is more Socialistic than another. The same community is more Socialistic at one time than at another. This country is far more Socialistic than it was fifty years ago, and for most of the changes in that direction the Unionist or Tory Party is responsible."

LORD MILNER.

CONTENTS

CHAP.

I. THE GOOD WILL IN MAN II. THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEA OF SOCIALISM III. THE FIRST MAIN GENERALIZATION OF SOCIALISM IV. THE SECOND MAIN GENERALIZATION OF SOCIALISM V. THE SPIRIT OF GAIN AND THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE VI. WOULD SOCIALISM DESTROY THE HOME? VII. WOULD MODERN SOCIALISM ABOLISH ALL PROPERTY? VIII. THE MIDDLE CLASS MAN, THE BUSINESS MAN, AND SOCIALISM IX. SOME COMMON OBJECTIONS TO SOCIALISM X. SOCIALISM A DEVELOPING DOCTRINE XI. REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALISM XII. ADMINISTRATIVE SOCIALISM XIII. CONSTRUCTIVE SOCIALISM XIV. SOME ARGUMENTS AD HOMINEM XV. THE ADVANCEMENT OF SOCIALISM.

NEW WORLDS FOR OLD

CHAPTER I

THE GOOD WILL IN MAN

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The present writer has long been deeply interested in the Socialist movement in Great Britain and America, and in all those complicated issues one lumps together as "social questions." In the last few years he has gone into it personally and studied the Socialist movement closely and intimately at first hand; he has made the acquaintance of many of its leaders upon both sides of the Atlantic, joined numerous organizations, attended and held meetings, experimented in Socialist politics... Continue reading book >>




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