Industrial Reconstruction: A Symposium on the Situation After the War and how to Meet it

Huntly Carter
T. F. Unwin, 1918 - 295 Seiten

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Seite 24 - The question with me is, not whether you have a right to render your people miserable, but whether it is not your interest to make them 15 happy. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity, reason and justice tell me I ought to do.
Seite 9 - In proportion to the increase of capital, the absolute share of the total product falling to the capitalist is augmented, %and his relative share is diminished ; while, on the contrary, the laborer's share is increased both absolutely and relatively.
Seite 81 - ... to agree to put their businesses on a new footing, by admitting the workmen to some participation, not in profits but in control...
Seite 280 - ... participation" in management. I distrust the latter because it is in line with the whole oligarchic strategy by which democracy has been defeated in detail. The triumph of capitalism has practically consisted in granting popular control in such small quantities that the control could be controlled. It is also founded on the fact that a man who can be trusted as speaking for the employees often cannot be trusted for long when speaking with the employers. He can carry a message, especially a defiance;...
Seite 152 - Higgins considers that in order to stop this running-down process 'a big push' is needed 'not only from the economic point of view but also from the sociological and political viewpoint as well
Seite 280 - ... into an effective strike to force the employer beyond his veto and deciding power. The workers are not satisfied to sell their right of combining and striking for any plausible or partial participation in management. The American workers distrust the latter because it is in keeping with the old oligarchic strategy by which democracy has been defeated in detail. The triumph of employers heretofore virtually consisted in granting popular control in such small quantities that the control could and...
Seite 46 - ... clothed in purple and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day, while the laborer is fed with the crumbs which fall from the table of the rich.
Seite 162 - ... Syndicalism, or the control of industry by the trade unions ; and National Guilds, or joint control of industry by the guilds and the State, are as far off as ever, if not farther off than ever. Instead, we have, at any rate, the beginnings of a new industrial system, properly to be called State Capitalism, under which private capitalism and profiteering continue with the moral and physical support of the State.
Seite 168 - ... and they can have no better weapon in the conflict than a fitness for victory. There are, of course, a thousand and one subsidiary problems which confront Labour in formulating its after-the-war policy. I have concentrated on the problem that seems to me fundamental. The real issue for society is whether industry is to continue its development along the lines of autocratic control from above, or whether industrial autocracy is to be displaced by the industrial democracy of National Guilds. An...
Seite 164 - We are faced with the immediate alternatives in industry — the continuance of private ownership backed by State protection under the guise of control or nationalisation. Of the two I vastly prefer nationalisation. Under either system, the power of the State is arrayed on the side of the...

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