The Co-Operative Commonwealth an Exposition of Modern Socialism


Language: English

Publisher: General Books LLC

Published: Jun 15, 2012


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... they never had known any other arrangement Organisation is only second to sound ideas. "But, then, don't you know the Malthusian law? Don't you know, that if your Commonwealth succeed as you expect; if four hours of daily labour will provide the labourer and his family with all comforts, that then this country will very soon not have standing room for its population? Do you not know, that your Commonwealth cannot last a generation, unless it commands its people when to marry and how many children they may have?" Yes, Socialists know Malthus very well, that English clergyman, himself the father of not less than eleven children, who told the poor, that they have themselves to thank for their miseries, because, forsooth, they marry too early and beget too many children! But they also know that this doctrine of his is a vicious monstrosity, hatched in the saloons of the wealthy and flattering to the conscience of the ruling classes, and that therefore it has been so widely accepted. Just as well say that, if you crowd millions of people into a city and besiege it for months, it, also, is Nature's fault when they die of starvation and plagues. No, neither England nor Ireland had at the time of Malthus or has had at any time since too large a population. It may be safely said, on the contrary, that Great Britain even now has too small a population for a really high civilisation. If the smart fellows of the Stone Age had been Malthusians and had been able to prevent increase of population beyond the supply of the then existing caves, we never should have had brown-stone-fronts or architects. Again, it is not true that, the better-fed and better-off people are, the more they will propagate. The reverse is the fact. Hopeless poverty makes men...