R. H. Tawney The Acquisitive Society

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The Acquisitive Society

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This 1926 survey, written by a distinguished social and economic historian, examines the role of religion in the rise of capitalism. Arguing that material acquisitiveness is morally wrong and a corrupting social influence, the author draws upon his profound knowledge of labor and politics to show how concentrated wealth distorts economic policies. Colorful but credible, this study offers a timeless vision of alternative means toward a just economic, social, and intellectual order.

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The Acquisitive Society is an analysis of individual rights. It shows how that theory, though appropriate to the simple economic civilization for which it was formulated, results under modern conditions in waste, inequality, and a struggle of classes, As an alternative, it suggests that rights of property and industrial organization should be based upon the principle of Function. The practical effects of the acceptance of that principle would be the abolition of those proprietary rights which are not accompanied by the discharge of social obligations, and the organization of industry as a profession directed to the service of the public. This classic study first appeared in 1920.

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Richard Henry Tawney (30 November 1880 – 16 January 1962) was an English economic historian, social critic, Ethical socialist[5], Christian socialist, and an important proponent of adult education. The Oxford Companion to British History (1997) explained that Tawney made a “significant impact” in all four of these “interrelated roles”. A. L. Rowse goes further by insisting that, “Tawney exercised the widest influence of any historian of his time, politically, socially and, above all, educationally”. Tawney is buried in Highgate Cemetery.[

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