Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Another bit on "socialism"

Just another of those interesting definitions of "socialism," from the mid-19th century. This particular passage is from Proudhon's posthumously published study of Napoleon III:

"Qui dit socialisme, dans le bon et vrai sens du mot, dit naturellement liberté du commerce et de l'industrie, mutualité de l'assurance, réciprocité du crédit, peréquation de l'impôt, équilibre et sécurité des fortunes, participation de l'ouvrier aux chances des entreprises, inviolabilité de la famille dans la transmission héréditaire."

"Whoever says socialism, in the good and true sense of the word, says naturally liberty of commerce and industry, mutuality of insurance, reciprocity of credit, balancing out of taxes, equilibrium and security of fortunes, participation of the worker in the fortunes of businesses, inviolability of the family in inheritance."

1 comment:

neverfox said...

Shawn,

I started a thread over at the FLL about the last part of this quote pertaining to inheritance and its compatibility with anarchism.

http://libertarianleft.freeforums.org/inheritance-t99.html

Why does Proudhon derive it as obvious to socialism?