I regard it primarily as an adjustment to machine production demanded by considerations of common sense, and calculated to increase the happiness, not only of proletarians, but of all except a tiny minority of the human race.If it cannot now be realized without a violent upheaval, this to be attributed largely to the violence of its advocates.
With regard to the economic part of the definition, some further elucidation is necessary, since there are forms of private enterprise which some would consider compatible with Socialism while others would hold the opposite view.
Should a pioneer be allowed to build himself a log hut on a piece of land rented from the State?
He is then in a position to cause Friday to work at the preparation of next year's harvest, on the understanding that Friday shall be kept alive while all the surplus shall go to his employer.
What Robinson Crusoe receives under this contract may be regarded as interest on his capital, his capital being his few tools and the stored-up food which he possesses.
The germ of it, however, might be seen in the relations of Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday.