In the late 19th century, after the economic and social upheaval of the Civil War was finally begin to settle down, many political thinkers saw such troubled times coming again, and believed that socialism was the way to head it off. In this 1884 work, a lost classic of American Socialism, LAURENCE GRONLUND (1846-1899), American lawyer, writer, and worker for the Socialist Labor Part, expounds on his concepts for how socialism might work in the New World. Here he discusses. . capital: mainly accumulated fleecings . interest: a fair division of the spoils . social anarchy . capitalists monopolize all wealth and social benefits . speculative vampires . a rhythmical swing from individualism to social co-operation . the commonwealth will insure freedom . why collectivism is not communism . a collectivist state in outline . democracy means administration by the competent . an end to drudgery . morals in the co-operative commonwealth . labor organizations are the skeletons of the new order . and much more.
Written in the wake of the waves of economic and social upheaval in the post Civil War period, this 1898 work, a lost classic of American Socialism, is a cry for a nationwide plan to even out the bumpy ride America had been on, and that-the author predicted accurately-it would see again. Here, LAURENCE GRONLUND (1846-1899), American lawyer, writer, and worker for the Socialist Labor Party, explains why "industrial democracy," "a most noble ideal," is "inevitable," and explores its many potential facets, some of which will sound familiar to readers today: . state aids to employed labor . state help to unemployed labor . municipal enterprises under state control . socialization of mines and liquor traffic . a national telegraph . national banks . national controls of fares and freight rates . and more.