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Edward F. Adams--The Inhumanity of Socialism

Edward F. Adams--The Inhumanity of Socialism

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THE INHUMANITY OF SOCIALISMBY: EDWARD F. ADAMSCATEGORY: POLITICS & GOVERNMENT -- GENERALThe Inhumanity of SocialismThe Case Against Socialism & A Critique of SocialismTwo papers, the First Read Before the League of the Republic at theUniversity of California, December the Fifth, Nineteen Hundred andThirteen, and the Second Read Before the Ruskin Club of Oakland,California, Some Years Earlier byEdward F. Adams"And finally, let each of us according to his ability and opportunitypractice and inculcate respect for the law, the maintenance of order,regard for the rights of others, admiration for the successful, sympathywith the unfortunate, charity for all, hope for humanity, joy in thesimple life and contentment therewith."ForewordOne might write continuously while he lived for or against Socialism andyet at the end of a long and misspent life have said nothing that othershad not said before him.Nevertheless, new generations come on and have to learn about Socialismas they learn about other things, for there always have been and alwayswill be Socialists. It is a habit of mind which becomes fixed in acertain number of each generation; and succeeding generations seem toprefer fresh statements of the theory to the study of the ancient texts.
 
Besides, Socialistic endeavor, while its ultimate object in all ages isthe same, assumes different forms at different periods and is best dealtwith in terms of the day.I am opposed to Socialism because of its inhumanity; because it saps thevitality of the human race which has no vitality to spare; because itlulls to indolence those who must struggle to survive; because thetheories of good men who are enthralled by its delusions are made theexcuse of the wicked who would rather plunder than work; because itstops enterprise, promotes laziness, exalts inefficiency, inspireshatred, checks production, assures waste and instills into the souls ofthe unfortunate and the weak hopes impossible of fruition whoseinevitable blasting will add to the bitterness of their lot.Some years ago I was invited to dine with and address a charming groupof Socialists comprising the Ruskin Club of Oakland. We had a joyfulevening and I read to them "A Critique of Socialism" which forms thesecond part of this volume. It was published in 1905 by Paul Elder andCompany, but almost the entire edition was burned in our great fire of1906. As there are still inquiries for it, it is thought best torepublish it. Obviously it was primarily intended to amuse my hosts, butthere is some sense in it.A few months ago I was asked to present "The Case Against Socialism" tothe League of the Republic, an organization within the student body ofthe University of California, it being the last of a series in which amember of the Faculty of Stanford University and a much respectedSocialist of the State took part, neither of whom, much to my regret,was I able to hear. What I said seemed to please some of the morevigorous non-Socialists present who thought it should be printed. Thosewho prefer pleasant reading should skip the "Case" and read the"Critique." Edward F. AdamsSan Francisco, JuneNineteen hundred and thirteenThe Case Against SocialismThe postponement of this address, which was to have been delivered twoweeks ago, was a real disappointment to me for I did not then know thatanother opportunity would be arranged. As one approaches maturity, itbecomes a joy to talk to a group of young people in the light of whosepleasant faces one seems to renew his own youth. Youth is the mostprecious thing there is - it knows so little it never worries.

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