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The Intelligent Woman's Guide: To Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism

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A thought-provoking classic of political propaganda exposing the excesses of capitalism—entertaining, lucid, and relevant to today's social movements

I also made it quite clear that Socialism means equality of income or nothing, and that under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this ...

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Overview

A thought-provoking classic of political propaganda exposing the excesses of capitalism—entertaining, lucid, and relevant to today's social movements

I also made it quite clear that Socialism means equality of income or nothing, and that under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.

As a lifelong socialist, Shaw believed that economic inequality was a poison destroying every aspect of human life, perverting family affections and the relations between the sexes. According to him, all British institutions were "corrupted at the root by pecuniary interest"—and idealism, integrity, and any piecemeal attempts at political reform were futile in the face of the gross injustice built into the Empire's economic system. Begun in 1924—the year of the British Labor Party's first period of office under Ramsay MacDonald (who hailed it as "the world's most important book since the Bible")—and first published in 1928, this guide draws on Shaw's decades of activism.

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"He did his best in redressing the fateful unbalance between truth and reality, in lifting mankind to a higher rung of social maturity. He often pointed a scornful finger at human frailty, but his jests were never at the expense of humanity."  —Thomas Mann, author, The Magic Mountain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847492432
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,437,560
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was a Nobel prize-winning Irish playwright and critic, as well as an ardent socialist and tireless activist for the working class. Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

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