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The Ragged Trouser Ed Philanthropists

The Ragged Trouser Ed Philanthropists

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Published by Giorgi Khatiashvili

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Published by: Giorgi Khatiashvili on Sep 06, 2011
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The Ragged TrouseredPhilanthropists
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Robert Tressell
 
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Preface
 In writing this book my intention was to present, in the form of an interesting story, a faithful picture of working-class life -more especially of those engaged in the Building trades - in asmall town in the south of England.I wished to describe the relations existing between theworkmen and their employers, the attitude and feelings of thesetwo classes towards each other; their circumstances when at work and when out of employment; their pleasures, theirintellectual outlook, their religious and political opinions andideals.The action of the story covers a period of only a little overtwelve months, but in order that the picture might be completeit was necessary to describe how the workers are circumstancedat all periods of their lives, from the cradle to the grave.Therefore the characters include women and children, a youngboy - the apprentice - some improvers, journeymen in the primeof life, and worn-out old men.I designed to show the conditions relating from poverty andunemployment: to expose the futility of the measures taken todeal with them and to indicate what I believe to be the only realremedy, namely - Socialism. I intended to explain what Socialistsunderstand by the word `poverty': to define the Socialist theoryof the causes of poverty, and to explain how Socialists proposeto abolish poverty.It may be objected that, considering the number of booksdealing with these subjects already existing, such a work as thiswas uncalled for. The answer is that not only are the majority of people opposed to Socialism, but a very brief conversation withan average anti-socialist is sufficient to show that he does not know what Socialism means. The same is true of all the anti-

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