The Conservative Review (Volume 4)

9781154248487: The Conservative Review (Volume 4)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... the savage. What we need, as Prof. Gunton says, "is not individuality as producers but individuality as citizens." This is in every way desirable and is increasingly essential. But the idea of a separate store for each line of trade, and a separate store on each street for each department is an ultraprimitive ideal in economic life. Is it a true estimate of industrial utilities or personal functions, to respect more highly the small huckster doing with his own hands every kind of work connected with his business, or the able salesman, superintendent, overseer, cashier, buyer, etc., in a department store? Which conduces to the better intellectual and personal character? Is mere vanity of industrial separateness to be confused with the real self-respect of a self-supporting personally independent character? Is one's economic fortune as sure or stable on the independent basis? Or is his poverty and insecurity in one's own little shop preferable to security in organized association with others? We should beware of conceding too much either to vanity or to the spirit of hazard which would make gamblers of us all. To cherish the principle of multitudinous units of enterprises and responsibility, with every unit all at sea and at enmity with all of the others, is to adopt the gaming attitude, the stake hazarded being the economic means of life. To beat a retreat to the system of the past, with no organization or integration of trade and manufacture beyond the isolated town, is to surrender the last and most fruitful gain of social progress. To let sentiment rule here and insist upon the ways of the fathers is to make a household god of an outworn and unworkable program. Why may we not keep the things immediately touching the economic basis, in general the sordid...

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