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The Altruist in Politics   By: (1870-1938)

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The Altruist in Politics by Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan) Cardozo offers a profound exploration of the relationship between politics and altruism. Cardozo, a revered jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, delves into the idea of selflessness within the political realm and its impact on both governance and society.

Cardozo's writing style is eloquent and engaging, immediately capturing the reader's attention. He seamlessly blends his deep knowledge of politics and philosophy with insights from his legal background, creating a rich tapestry of thought-provoking ideas. The Altruist in Politics is a testament to Cardozo's intellectual prowess and his ability to tackle complex subjects with clarity and precision.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is Cardozo's unwavering belief in the power of altruism in politics. He argues that genuine altruism can lead to profound changes in how political systems operate, and ultimately, in the well-being of the people governed. Through persuasive arguments and vivid examples, Cardozo demonstrates how altruistic motives can transform political actions into instruments of positive change.

Cardozo examines the challenges faced by altruistic politicians, particularly in a world often driven by self-interest and personal gain. With great insight, he dissects the conundrums faced by those who seek the betterment of society while navigating the complexities of politics. This exploration offers invaluable lessons not only for aspiring politicians but also for citizens invested in understanding the motives and actions of their leaders.

The Altruist in Politics is not a pragmatic guide on political strategies or policy-making. Rather, it delves into the philosophical and moral dimensions of politics, urging readers to question the fundamental nature of political engagement. Cardozo's reflections on civic duty and the intersection of altruism and power are timeless and resonate deeply in any era.

Despite being written more than half a century ago, Cardozo's words remain eerily relevant in today's political climate. The Altruist in Politics serves as a timely reminder of the importance of integrity, empathy, and selflessness in an era where cynicism and self-serving agendas often cloud the political landscape.

In conclusion, The Altruist in Politics is an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking read. Cardozo's eloquence, coupled with his profound insights, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in politics, ethics, or the interplay between power and altruism. Its relevancy and enduring relevance make it a timeless gem, as it transcends the boundaries of time and reflects the everlasting pursuit of creating a selfless and just political system.

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By Benjamin Cardozo

There comes not seldom a crisis in the life of men, of nations, and of worlds, when the old forms seem ready to decay, and the old rules of action have lost their binding force. The evils of existing systems obscure the blessings that attend them; and, where reform is needed, the cry is raised for subversion. The cause of such phenomena is not far to seek. "It used to appear to me," writes Count Tolstoi, in a significant passage, "it used to appear to me that the small number of cultivated, rich and idle men, of whom I was one, composed the whole of humanity, and that the millions and millions of other men who had lived and are still living were not in reality men at all." It is this spirit the spirit that sees the whole of humanity in the few, and throws into the background the millions and millions of other men it is this spirit that has aroused the antagonism of reformers, and made the decay of the old forms, the rupture of the old restrictions, the ideal of them and of their followers. When wealth and poverty meet each other face to face, the one the master and the other the dependent, the one exalted and the other debased, it is perhaps hardly matter for surprise that the dependent and debased and powerless faction, in envy of their opponents' supremacy, should demand, not simple reform, but absolute community and equality of wealth... Continue reading book >>

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