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The Forgotten Man Paperback – June 16, 2009
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William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) was the first professor of sociology at Yale University. He is credited with introducing the term "ethnocentrism." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The focus of this small tome is the everyday working man and woman; i.e., middle-class America by today's nomenclature. It expounds on the problems that stem from the government providing relief to many needy categories of people and institutions and this always takes away from, and is ultimately paid for by, the everyday working man and woman. These poor souls (that would be most of us) are constantly bearing the brunt of the governements' liberal practices. In light of today's headlines and the predicament we find ourselves in currently, this book is certainly an interesting read. If only someone had taken heed 93 years ago.............
Thank you to Library Thing and the publishers for their consideration in sending me this book for review.
Although this is the transcript of a speech originally written in 1883 by a Yale professor, the book is timely. But be forewarned. At first you might not like all his comments, but he will make you think. For example, I'll paraphrase a few lines, "Nature is awful in her wrath, but we have insulated people from the consequences of nature. The drunkard in the gutter is where he ought to be. But, we hire a policeman who saves the man from his consequences. But who pays the policeman? The forgotten man (the man, or often the woman, who works a job, doesn't cause trouble, is of modest means, and doesn't complain) is the one who pays the policeman. Thus, the forgotten man pays the cost for the person who won't live up to their responsibilities. The forgotten man, who pays his bills, and has saved a very small amount from his job for future use, is asked to pay for the sins of the gambler.... " Note: The above is not word-for-word, so you'll have to buy the book to get the exact quotes.
There were a few ideas and beliefs that the author talks about in which I don't agree with, but he makes very valid arguments for his ideas. I also did agree with some of what he mentions, however I don't know how feasable his ideas are, and if they would work in the society that we live in today.
One thing that surprised me is that even though this speech was written over 100 years ago it was still pertinent to today. I don't know if that is a sign of a great speech writer, to write something that holds true for over 100 years, or if it is a sign that our country really hasn't changed that much in 100 years.
It was a quick read, and if nothing else it makes you think about our social and political structure. It was a bit on the rough side to read, because it was pretty dry, but I think more of that was because it was written as a speech rather than a book or a story. I think it was interesting and was worth the hour or so it took me to read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Should be required reading in every grade from middle school through college and hung on every politician's home and office wall.
Clergy should also adopt the habit.
A fast and easy read. This is a must read for any taxpayer.Published on July 1, 2014 by Born 2 shop