What Social Classes Owe to Each Other
Sumner was one of the founding fathers of American sociology who explored the relationship between the individual and the state from an individualist and free market perspective. This collection of essays is a good example of his approach to the subject.
What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1911).
The text is in the public domain.
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Table of Contents
- WHAT SOCIAL CLASSES OWE TO EACH OTHER.
- I.: ON A NEW PHILOSPHY: THAT POVERTY IS THE BEST POLICY.
- II.: THAT A FREE MAN IS A SOVEREIGN, BUT THAT A SOVEREIGN CANNOT TAKE “TIPS.”
- III.: THAT IT IS NOT WICKED TO BE RICH; NAY, EVEN, THAT IT IS NOT WICKED TO BE RICHER THAN ONE'S NEIGHBOR.
- IV.: ON THE REASONS WHY MAN IS NOT ALTOGETHER A BRUTE.
- V.: THAT WE MUST HAVE FEW MEN, IF WE WANT STRONG MEN.
- VI.: THAT HE WHO WOULD BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF MUST TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF.
- VII.: CONCERNING SOME OLD FOES UNDER NEW FACES.
- VIII.: ON THE VALUE, AS A SOCIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE, OF THE RULE TO MIND ONE’S OWN BUSINESS.
- IX.: ON THE CASE OF A CERTAIN MAN WHO IS NEVER THOUGHT OF.
- X.: THE CASE OF THE FORGOTTEN MAN FARTHER CONSIDERED.
- XI.: WHEREFORE WE SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER.