The White Man's Burden; A Satirical Forecast

The White Man's Burden; A Satirical Forecast


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...that fill your warehouses? You have no commerce, and with no government and no money in circulation, no one is obliged to work for a living. Who makes the things?" "That is one of the fallacies of the old order, the idea that no one will work unless he is compelled to by an overseer or master, or to satisfy his hunger or procure himself shelter. There never was a greater mistake. Work is not a curse, but a blessing. The idle man is in misery. Few men are good company for themselves. They always seek distraction, and the desire to occupy mind and body is so irresistible that some of our cleverest men and women occupy their time mainly in devising employment for others. Men have different tastes and choose the form of labor that suits their natural aptitudes. There is variety enough to produce all we want or need. At least after two thousand years and more, we still find it so." "But you surely have found that men naturally shun the disagreeable occupations, when there is no inducement like that of enhanced remuneration to entice them." "You beg the question. There are no disagreeable occupations with us. No man would select an occupation that was disagreeable to him. But, many men, many minds. What is disagreeable to one man is not so to another. Personally, I detest grubbing in the garden, but my wife is enamored of it, and would hate to sit in the Camera, as I do, and watch, or make long journeys to foreign parts to spy out the land." "But such things as scavengers, for instance," I said, with some hesitation. "That never troubles us. We fertilize our own ground, and any disagreeable excess is easily disposed of by the route taken by your revolver," and he smiled benignantly. "But what do you do w...

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