Political Ideals

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Originally published in 1917, this early work by Bertrand Russell still offers much thought-provoking material on the subject of political philosophy. Russell criticizes both capitalism and socialism based on his strong conviction that everything of value comes ultimately from the individual. The only true aim of politics, he says, is to give free play, as far as possible, to every person's natural creativity. This means that political systems should be designed to curb the deadening forces of acquisition, power,...
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Overview

Originally published in 1917, this early work by Bertrand Russell still offers much thought-provoking material on the subject of political philosophy. Russell criticizes both capitalism and socialism based on his strong conviction that everything of value comes ultimately from the individual. The only true aim of politics, he says, is to give free play, as far as possible, to every person's natural creativity. This means that political systems should be designed to curb the deadening forces of acquisition, power, and convention, all of which tend to stifle individual creative impulses.

Russell suggests that an ideal system would allow autonomy within each politically important group and the principle of employee ownership and self-governance within businesses would be the norm. Government would serve only as a neutral authority to decide questions between the various self-governing groups.

Vintage Russell, this collection of concise essays should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in political science or the relation of the individual to society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434663177
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense.
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Table of Contents

I Political ideals 11
II Capitalism and the wage system 29
III Pitfalls in socialism 45
IV Individual liberty and public control 59
V National independence and internationalism 77
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    Posted July 15, 2012

    A very fascinating essay by Russell. A great thinker.

    A very fascinating essay by Russell. A great thinker.

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