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A Living Wage (Classic Reprint)

A Living Wage (Classic Reprint)

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CHAPTER I THE BASIS AND JUSTIFICATION OF RIGHTS The claim to a Living Wage is a right. Character and purpose of rights. Sense in which natural rights are absolute. Men's natural rights are equal in the abstract, but unequal in the concrete. They are based on the duty of pursuing self-perfection. Other methods of establishing their validity. The doctrine of natural rights incompatible with individualistic hedonism. The positivistic theory of rights means in the concrete that some lives are worth less than others. It has less theoretical weakness when stated in terms of Hegelianism. Fallacy of the popular argument against natural rights. The exaggeration of natural rights in the system of the Revolutionary philosophers. The doctrine as here advocated holds a middle ground between semi-anarchism and state absolutism. The thesis to be maintained in this volume is that the laborer's c1aim to a Living vVage is of the nature of a right. This right is personal, not merely Table of Contents CONTENTS; CHAptER PACE; 1 THE BASIS AND JUSTIFICATION OF RIGHTS 3; II THE RIGHT TO SUBSIST?NQ: AND THE RIGHT TO; A DECENT LIVELIHOOD 27; III THE RIGHT TO AN INDIVIDUAL LIVING WAGE 41; IV THE RICH T TO A FAMILY LIVING WAGe 78; V A CONCRETE ESTIMATE OF A LIVING WAGE 91; VI THE OBLIGATION OF TIlE EMPLOYER · 10About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately pres