Political Ideals Author:bertrand russell Political Ideals is a rigorous and important survey of capitalism, socialism and the organization of society, written during the upheaval of World War One (in 1917), but still significant to every reader interested in the nature of man's responsibilities and privileges as a social being. — It is, in many ways, a statement of Russell's beliefs, a ... more »declaration of the ideas that influenced his thinking on the major events of the twentieth century. In this sense, it is essential reading for every student of this great philosopher. For it defines his principle that the only true aim of politics is to give free play to man's natural creativity, and to deaden, whenever they manifest themselves, the forces of acquisition, power and convention that jeopardize individual responsibility and freedom.
The five essays included in this volume are: Political Ideals (17 pp), Capitalism and the Wage System (17 pp), Pitfalls in Socialism (15 pp), Individual Liberty and Public Control (19 pp), and National Independence and Internationalism (14 pp).« less