Last Words on Great Issues
Excerpt from Last Words on Great Issues I should scarcely have ventured to republished here, by way of winding up my literary career, those of the following chapters which have already appeared elsewhere, were it not for some considerations which the War has forced into prominence. The most general of these perhaps is, that the War like a sudden upheaval in Geology has, by its clearance of the field of old and outgrown doctrines and theories, quickened the pace, as it were, of every kind of Social, Moral and even Intellectual Evolution; if, indeed, it has not entirely short-circuited most of them. So that doctrines which would have otherwise lingered on for generations, have, to the surprise of their adherents, been swallowed up as if by an earthquake, and buried in graves from which there is no resurrection. If, therefore, I were asked, what parts, then, of all my ponderous tomes, written many of them long before the War, have survived it unscathed, I should answer - these "Last Words." They are in a way, my last will and testament in a nutshell. Had my line been the Mathematics, the War as such could not have affected them a jot; nor can it touch much of my purely Historical studies on the "Evolution of Civilization," nor my "History of Intellectual Development." But as for my Political predictions, my schemes of Social reconstruction, my Political Economy of Free Trade or Protection, or the future of Socialism, the War will either "make me, or undo me quite." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.