Bribery, corruption, people selling their principles — all these would completely disappear. Murder, robbery and adultery would be greatly reduced too. There would be no need to call for the abolition of prostitution, nor to advocate the reform of popular customs. All at once it would be just like the Buddhists’ pure land and the Christians’ heaven.
It is natural that there should be any number of rises and falls in history but, if money had not existed in the civilizations of ancient India, Egypt, Greece and Rome, I believe that it would have been possible for them to have lasted several thousand years more.
But in days like these when money has such power, if we utter the words ‘Abolition of Money’, people look at us as though we are mad. Is it madness, though? Are you prepared to say that the modern European socialists who are spreading everywhere throughout the world (sic) are all mad, then? — because the socialists have the abolition of money and the suppression of the private ownership of capital as their ideals.
They take this position because they want to see the individual — and society as a whole — live by other things than money. In other words, they want to replace money by strength and honor, by right and duty. Indeed, truth and righteousness lie in doing just this. So, if you agree that truth and righteousness really should be put into practice, then why should you think of socialism as being difficult to realize in actual life? Socialism is far from being an impossibility. Rather it is just that it has not been put into effect up till now.
Why don’t people who want to improve human nature and the ways of the world stop their petty squabbles and put their efforts into achieving socialism? If they did this, it would be the quickest way for them to achieve their objectives.
The nineteenth century was the age of liberalism, but the twentieth century is about to become the age of socialism. All capable people need to wake up to this new trend in the world — and to this alone.
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Passion for Socialism
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