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Political Ideals by Bertrand Russell
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Jul 29, 11

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

Bertrand Russell wasn't much of a political scientist but this book presents his political ideas in the most succinct form. Political Ideals is about socialism, nationalism and internationalism. It is about one society and all societies. The book is a very promising one. It talks about co-operation in place of conflict. It denounces state socialism but also targets wage-system and the British bureaucracy. It is neither 'socialist'in the sense of its times but neither very critical of it. It presents socialism in a new light- a very democratic one. Bertrand talks about democratizing not just countries but also institutions within these countries-both private and public, so that each man and group has his/its say. He also suggests proportional and communal representation, each community and profession having different laws rather than following a single law. At all point he seems calm and non-reactionary. He criticizes import and export duties and probably espouses internationalism more explicitly than ever when he questions how trade between English cities is different from international trade. He doesn't take away from the reader any of his/her viewpoints and neither debates nor settles them, but rather introduces them to new ideals they can never oppose. He crowns his beliefs with one statement- "You don't stop loving your family when you are patriotic towards your nation, similarly, you don't have to stop loving your country when you espouse internationalism".
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