Power. A New Social Analysis.
RUSSELL Bertrand (1938.)
£450.00 [First Edition]
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First edition. 8vo. 328 pp. Original blue buckram, spine lettered in gilt, top edge in blue, fore edge untrimmed, reversible dust jacket printed on one side in red, the other in black and blue (spine gently rolled, faint partial offsetting to endpapers, contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper, jacket slightly edge worn, spine panel darkened with a few minor abrasions, a very good copy overall with the remarkably scarce jacket). London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
"In this book I maintained that a sphere of freedom is still desirable even in a socialist state, but this sphere has to be defined afresh and not in liberal terms. This doctrine I still hold. The thesis of this book seems to me important, and I hoped that it would attract more attention than it has done. It was intended as a refutation both of Marx and of the classical economists, not on a point of detail, but on the fundamental assumptions that they shared. I argued that power, rather than wealth, should be the basic concept in social theory, and that social justice should consist in equalisation of power to the greatest practicable degree. It followed that State ownership of land and capital was no advance unless the State was democratic, and even then only if methods were devised for curbing the power of officials. A part of my thesis was taken up and popularised in Burnham's Managerial Revolution, but otherwise the book fell rather flat. I still hold, however, that what it has to say is of very great importance if the evils of totalitarianism are to be avoided, particularly under a Socialist régime" (Russell, Autobiography).
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