Thursday, May 01, 2014


At least he seems to be one in his 1922 book, American Individualism.  I've only read about 10 pages but given the popularity of Social Darwinism in America at the time, these statements are simply amazing coming from a Republican:
Individualism cannot be maintained
as the foundation of a society if it looks
to only legalistic justice based upon
contracts, property, and political equality.
Such legalistic safeguards are
themselves not enough. In our individualism
we have long since abandoned
the laissez faire of the 18th
—the notion that it is "every
man for himself and the devil take the
hindmost/' We abandoned that when
we adopted the ideal of equality of
—the fair chance of Abraham
Lincoln. We have confirmed its
abandonment in terms of legislation, of
social and economic justice,—in part
because we have learned that it is the
hindmost who throws the bricks at our
social edifice, in part because we have
learned that the foremost are not al-

ways the best nor the hindmost the
worst—and in part because we have
learned that social injustice is the
destruction of justice itself.
We have
learned that the impulse to production
can only be maintained at a high pitch
if there is a fair division of the product.
We have also learned that fair division
can only be obtained by certain restrictions
on the strong and the dominant.

We have indeed gone even further in
the 20th Century with the embracement
of the necessity of a greater and
broader sense of service and responsibility
to others as a part of individualism.

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