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THE SOCIALIST STATE.

Its Nature, Aims, and
Conditions: Being an Intro-
duction to the Study of Socialism

BY

E. C. K. GONNER, M.A.

BRUNNER PROFESSOR OF ECONOMIC SCIENCE,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LIVERPOOL

LONDON: WALTER SCOTT, LTD

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15 aug 50 Harding

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Preface.

THE aim of this little book is chiefly expository. It is an attempt to indicate, with due regard to relative proportion, the various matters involved in the discussion of Socialism, as to which some opinion must be formed. In some cases the materials for an equitable decision lie ready to hand, recorded in the facts of past experience or in the arguments which have been set forth by the advocates or opponents of the movement, but in other cases we remain dependent on the conscious and unconscious experiments which are being wrought, or are to be wrought, in the sure laboratory of Time. Of one thing we may be certain; the problem of Social Action and Socialism cannot be ignored. And as it can

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