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What is socialism?

Webb, Sidney and Webb, Beatrice (2003) What is socialism? New Statesman, 16 (752). s12-s14. ISSN 1364-7431

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"We begin to-day the answer to a question that everybody at one moment or another is sure to ask - namely, What is Socialism? And no short and easy answer to this question is of any utility. We shall show in a series of articles that, according to our own view of the matter, Socialism is, at one and the same time, (i.) Revolt, (ii.) a Change of Heart, (iii.) the Application to Society of the Scientific Method, (iv.) Participation in Power and Consciousness of Consent, (v.) an Inference from the Law of Rent, (vi.) the Transformation of Property, (vii.) the Expansion of Local Government, (viii.) National Housekeeping, (ix.) the Approach to Equality by the Instrument of Taxation, (x.) Voluntary Groupings of Consumers and Producers, (xi.) Organisation from Below as the Safeguard of Liberty, (xii.) Co-partnership between Consumer and Producer, (xiii.) Freedom for the Woman and Protection for the Child within the Family Unit, (xiv.) the Development of Science, Art and Religion untrammelled by Plutocracy, (xv.) the Protection of the Non-Adult Races of the World, (xvi.) the Maintenance of Nationality by the Growth of Internationalism, (xvii.) the Utmost Development of Individual Initiative and Personal Responsibility, (xviii.) the real Safeguard against the Nightmare of the Servile State, (xix.) a Protection against the disastrous Illusion of the Distributive State, (xx.) in itself a Demonstration of the Impossibilities of Syndicalism and Anarchism, (xxi.) The great alternative (1): The answer of pessimism, (xxii.) The great alternative (2): The optimist view." - Contents list at start of Part (i).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The contents list and Part (i): Revolt of the 22 article series are republished in the 90th anniversary re-issue of the first edition of the New Statesman, 12 April 1913.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 13:41
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2015 11:43

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