What Social Classes Owe to Each Other by William Graham Sumner 1883

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Post by soupy » January 10th, 2019, 10:40 am

What Social Classes Owe to Each Other by William Graham Sumner 1884, 1883

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Graham_Sumner 1840-1910

https://archive.org/details/whatsocialclass02sumngoog/page/n10

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18603
During the last ten years I have read a great many books and articles, especially by German writers, in which an attempt has been made to set up "the State" as an entity having conscience, power, and will sublimated above human limitations, and as constituting a tutelary genius over us all. I have never been able to find in history or experience anything to fit this concept. I once lived in Germany for two years, but I certainly saw nothing of it there then. from introduction

I now propose to try to find out whether there is any class in society which lies under the duty and burden of fighting the battles of life for any other class, or of solving social problems for the satisfaction of any other class; also, whether there is any class which has the right to formulate demands on "society"—that is, on other classes; also, whether there is anything but a fallacy and a superstition in the notion that "the State" owes anything to anybody except peace, order, and the guarantees of rights.

I have in view, throughout the discussion, the economic, social, and political circumstances which exist in the United States.
Craig
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