chapter  77
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THE THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE DOMESTIC POLICY OF THE NATIONAL-ECONOMY OF THE PRESENT DAY

The manner in which we have found sense and nonsense combined in economic power contains no antinomy whatever. We maintain that economic power obeys the same law as political and any other power. Society never controls its ends unconditionally; it is, itself, controlled by historical powers which arose in the process of giving birth to the social force. The process of the dissolution of traditional historical powers always requires time, until new leaders guide the masses into new paths. No one is entitled to assert that such new paths may not be discovered in the community of exchange. There is sufficient scope for new developments within the borders of the community of exchange. The community of exchange does not, of inner necessity, force upon society exploitations inimical to itself; nor will, on the other hand, the dissolution of the community of exchange relieve society from the possibilities of economic despotism. Even the socialistic state of the future will need leadership; will, by leadership, create power; and, as the outgrowth of power, there will again be despotism, under the pressure of circumstances, whenever the masses are not sufficiently strong to offer resistance to the prevailing leaders.

§ 77. T H E THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE DOMESTIC POLICY OF THE NATIONAL-ECONOMY OF THE PRESENT DAY