Lorine's cabin water lily

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Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Title: The acquisitive society
Publisher: Harcourt
Year of Publication: 1920
Type of document: Book

Notes: "Lorine Niedecker" on first page. Beneath it, another name which is not legible.

On second page: "jelly -- cromo Damascus."

p. 1: In margin: "unspeculative / no use foer theories / incurious."

p. 3: Underlinings in paragraph at top of page.

p. 5: Underlinings and note: "he is interested in function."

pp. 5-6: several notations about "function" and "industry."

p. 8: "Underlying principles" at top of page.

p. 9: Underlining and marks in margin, plus "yes" in margin next to: "and it was natural that in those regions of England, as in the American setrtlements, the characteristic philosophy should be that of the pioneer and the mining camp."

pp. 10-11: Underlinings and marks in margins.

pp. 12-13: Underlinings and marks in margins, plus "Good" in margin next to sentence in brackets: "There was a limited monarcxhy in Heaven, as well as upon earth."

pp. 14-17: Marginal notes and underlinings.

p. 20: At top of page: "right precedes or supercedes service." Near "acquisitive" is written "wealth," near "this doctrine" is written "utility."

p. 24: Bracketed sentence: "For the definition of a privilege is a right to which no corresponding function is attached."

p. 27: "... inevitable harmony between private interests and public good" is underlined.

p. 28-31: Lots of underlining and other marks, plus "monopoly" in margin.

pp. 34-35: Underlinings, including: "the degradation of those who labor, but who do not by their labor command large rewards; that is of the great majority of mankind."

pp. 38-39: Underlinings, including sentence about the production of trivialities.

p. 42: Underlinings. "Certainly" in the margin.

p. 47: "Good" in margin next to paragraph about making industry "a desert of unnatural dreariness...."

pp. 52-53: Underlinings, question mark in margin next to "French Declaration of the Rights of Man," "obscure in margin next to "recondite."

p. 56. Underlining related to description of the right of propertry.

p. 59: "Function" in margin. "Property was to be an aid to creative work, not an alternative to it" is underlined.

pp. 60-63: Several underlinings. "Exactly" in margin next to "to most of those who own property to-day it is not a means of work but an instrument for the aquisition of gain or the exercise of power, and that there is no guarantee that gain bears any relation to service, or power to responsibility." "Function" and "rights" in margin next to a list of proprietory rights.

p. 66: "True" in margin next to: "It is probable that war, which in barbarous ages used to be blamed as desatructive of property, has recently created more titles to property than almost all other causes together."

p. 70: "Exactly" in margin next to: "His sentiments about property are those of the simple toiler who fears that what he has sown another may reap."

p. 72: "Security" in margin.

p. 78-83: Underlinings. "What is the point" in margin of p. 82 next to passage saqying that functionless property "cannot create; it can only spend, so that the number of scientistsw, inventors, or men of letters who have sprung in the course of the last century from hereditary riches can be numbered on one hand.'" "Undermines creative energy" in margin on p. 83.

p. 84: Question mark in margin next to sentence about education being crippled in England "for the sake of industry." Chapter number is circled.

p. 86: "Of course" in margin in discussion of corruption of the principle of industry, next to: "It all depends what sort of propertry it is and for what purpose it is used."

p. 89: Part of a sentence quoted from Mill is underlined: "The reasons which form the justification ... of property in land...."

pp. 90-92: Underlining and bracketing, including discussion of a profession as being a trade organized "for the performancle of function."

pp. 96-108. Underlinings and marks in margins. "Good" in margin on p. 96 next to paragraph starting "The idea that there is some mysterious difference between making munitions of war and firing them...." Sentence on p. 106 about ending "the payment of profits to functionless shareholders" is underlined.

p. 115: In discussion of nationalization, "necessarily inefficient" is underlined and there's a question mark in the margin farther on.

p. 117: "administration" is underlined.

pp. 118-119: "Esch-Cummins Act" is underlined. Line with "a financial guarantee, of a public authority" has check mark in margin.

p. 130: "Eminent persons, who are not obviously producing more than they consume, explain to the working classes that unless they produce more they must consume less" is marked in the margin. "For how can the consumer be supplied with cheap goods, if, as a worker, he insists on higher wages and shorter hours" is marked in the margin.

p. 142: "For the object of industry is to produce goods, and to produce them at the lowest cost in human effort" is marked in the margin.

p. 167: Part of a paragraph is underlined related to profits going to shareholders rather than "brain workers in industry."

p. 176: Discussion of difference between "business" and "management" is marked in margin.

pp. 178-179: Underlinings, and note about workers being responsible to community instead of to shareholders.

p. 183: Mark in margin next to discussion of industry holding "a position of exclusive predominance among human interests."

Date last updated: 11/16/10

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