Social Statics


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Social Statics, or The Conditions essential to Happiness specified, and the First of them Developed is an 1851 book by the British polymath Herbert Spencer. In it, he uses the term "fitness" in applying his ideas of Lamarckian evolution to society, saying for example that "It is clear that any being whose constitution is to be moulded into fitness for new conditions of existence must be placed under those conditions. Or, putting the proposition specifically — it is clear that man can become adapted to the social state, only by being retained in the social state. This granted, it follows that as man has been, and is still, deficient in those feelings which, by dictating just conduct, prevent the perpetual antagonism of individuals and their consequent disunion, some artificial agency is required by which their union may be maintained. Only by the process of adaptation itself can be produced that character which makes social equilibrium spontaneous." Despite its commonly being attributed to this book, it was not until his Principles of Biology of 1864 that Spencer coined the phrase "survival of the fittest", which he would later apply to economics and biology. This was a key tenet of so-called Social Darwinism. Economist Murray Rothbard called Social Statics "the greatest single work of libertarian political philosophy ever written. (Wikipedia) (17 hr 53 min)

Chapters

Preface and Introduction: The Doctrine of Expediency, The Doctrine of the Moral… 55:21 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Introduction: Lemma I 16:51 Read by Craig Franklin
Introduction: Lemma II 33:03 Read by Craig Franklin
Part 1, Chapter 1, Definition of Morality 6:46 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 1, Chapter 2, The Evanescence of Evil 16:07 Read by Gerwin Kramer
Part 1, Chapter 3, The Divine Idea; and the Conditions of its Realization 15:09 Read by Gerwin Kramer
Part 2, Chapter 4, Derivation of a First Principle 34:38 Read by Gerwin Kramer
Part 2, Chapter 5, Secondary Derivation of a First Principle 21:52 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 2, Chapter 6, First Principle 9:53 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 2, Chapter 7, Application of this First Principle, Chapter 8, The Rights o… 5:28 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 2, Chapter 9, The Right to the Use of the Earth 18:53 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 2, Chapter 10, The Right of Property 16:21 Read by Nesanel Bechhofer
Part 2, Chapter 11, The Right of Property in Idea, Chapter 12, The Right of Pro… 29:18 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 2, Chapter 13, The Right of Exchange, Chapter 14, The Right of Free Speech… 23:04 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 2, Chapter 16, The Rights of Women, Part 1 31:00 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 2, Chapter 16, The Rights of Women, Part 2 24:37 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 2, Chapter 17, The Rights of Children, Part 1 37:03 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 2, Chapter 17, The Rights of Children, Part 2 29:00 Read by Lucretia B.
Part 3, Chapter 18, Political Rights 25:04 Read by playonwords
Part 3, Chapter 19, The Right to Ignore the State 24:57 Read by playonwords
Part 3, Chapter 20, The Constitution of the State, Part 1 35:30 Read by playonwords
Part 3, Chapter 20, The Constitution of the State, Part 2 45:49 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 21, The Duty of the State, Part 1 27:04 Read by THBosc
Part 3, Chapter 21, The Duty of the State, Part 2 29:06 Read by THBosc
Part 3, Chapter 22, The Limit of State-Duty, Part 1 36:54 Read by Kalynda
Part 3, Chapter 22, The Limit of State-Duty, Part 2 7:34 Read by Kalynda
Part 3, Chapter 23, The Regulation of Commerce 20:46 Read by playonwords
Part 3, Chapter 24, Religious Establishments 13:56 Read by Larry Wilson
Part 3, Chapter 25, Poor-Laws 43:00 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 26, National Education, Part 1 34:58 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 26, National Education, Part 2 30:25 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 27, Government Colonization 31:51 Read by THBosc
Part 3, Chapter 28, Sanitary Supervision, Part 1 33:04 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 28, Sanitary Supervision, Part 2 25:14 Read by Jim Locke
Part 3, Chapter 29, Currency, Postal Arrangements 23:32 Read by THBosc
Part 4, Chapter 30, General Considerations, Part 1 44:42 Read by Jim Locke
Part 4, Chapter 30, General Considerations, Part 2 36:22 Read by Jim Locke
Part 4, Chapter 30, General Considerations, Part 3 36:11 Read by ABFries
Part 4, Chapter 31, Summary 13:16 Read by ABFries
Part 4, Chapter 32, Conclusion 29:57 Read by THBosc

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(5 stars)

well done. title page voice is odd, but the other volunteers sound good