This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ..." Dalrymple says that the real vitality of a society is in exact proportion as it protects its units." " Protects its grandmother! " jeered Hart. " Without loyalty to the one--so he maintains--there is no anchorage or collective strength. Ah, here he is to speak for himself." Frank broke off, " I was just trying to explain your ideas, Alpin: that we shall eventually founder as a people if even the least of us is allowed to be injured with impunity. That's your point, isn't it? " Alpin nodded, but without his old interest and fervour. He sat down leisurely in one of the front row of chairs (they were waiting for a Debate) and crossed his legs. " The survival of the fittest," said Thorne, " that's the basis of rights when you come to Mother Nature, and to Mother Nature you have got to come in the last resort." " Heaven help us! " exclaimed the ex-President. " Well, in its own stern way, it does," said Ellis. " Natural Selection? " enquired the other, and then lazily quoted: " We dined, as a rule, On each other: What matter? The toughest survived." " Easy to caricature the thing, but it would make a capital race. Weed out the weaklings," said Thorne. " Quite so," agreed his enemy, leaning back in his chair. " No use being sentimental about it," Thorne went on, narrowly watching Alpin's face, " Nature means to have her way." " She does seem rather pig-headed. Do you know, Thorne, your doctrines--so brilliantly set forth here last Tuesday--gave me a night-mare. Oh, that's no sign they aren't true.". " Faked, I suppose." " No, on my honour, I...
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