chapter  Chapter Seventeen
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ByHenry de Man, Eden, Cedar Paul, Peter J. Steinberger

A theory which descries the fundamental motive of socialism in the moral judgment inspired by the community sentiment, understands more than a theory which can see no deeper than the struggle of interests on the surface of things; and the former theory is more vivifying than the latter. One who has made the effort necessary to grasp the meaning of all this, will suddenly discover that the socialist movement appears to him in a new light. The socialist movement, which helps him to secure these worldly goods, can put this down as a notable item on the credit side of the account. The eternal task which the fulfilment imposes on us—socialism, that is to say—manifests itself in every age under a different form, in accordance with the possibilities of knowlege and of fulfilment peculiar to that age. The experiences of 1914 showed how easy it is for a socialist revolutionary motive to degenerate into a destructive bellicose motive.