Social statics


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the study of the conditions which concern the existence and permanence of the social state.

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Written in an accessible, readable style (with a few grammatical infelicities), the book includes a short biography of Spencer's relatively uneventful life; an analysis of his major political ideas as elucidated in The Proper Sphere of Government (1842-1843), Social Statics (1851), The Man Versus the State (1884), and his Principles of Ethics (1891); a discussion of thinkers who followed in Spencer's idiosyncratic footsteps (with particular emphasis on libertarian-leaning authors such as William Graham Sumner, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek); a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and a short index.
Spencer actually wrote in Social Statics, "Of course, in so far as the severity of this process [natural selection] is mitigated by the spontaneous sympathy of men for each other, it is proper that it should be mitigated" Compare that to the Progressive sympathy for the "unfit," which in some cases extended only so far as cutting their balls off--for the good of society, of course.
Herbert Spencer's Social Statics," even though the connection between laissez-faire economics and constitutional principles is far tighter than Holmes acknowledged.
Social statics, statics, or the conditions essential to human happiness specified and the first of them developed.
Spencer is at his most utilitarian in Social Statics (1851), but here he is as much a critic as an apostle of the theory.
Major Works: Social Statics (1850), The Principles of Psychology (1855), Education: Intellectual, Moral, and Physical (1861), First Principles (1862), The Principles of Biology (Vol.
Herbert Spencer's Social Statics," he even affected constitutional law.
In 1850, he published Social Statics, which was largely a critique (intended as an improvement) of Bentham's utilitarianism and an argument that there is a perfect morality toward which humans are tending (as a matter of necessity).
There are many passages in Social Statics praising the ability and potential of the working class (and conversely pricking the pretension of the more favored classes), and even Spencer's famous anti-statist tracts could appeal to turn-of-the-century workers who still saw the state as oppressive rather than as the suppliers of a beneficial social wage.
Spencer's Social Statics (1850) is the pre-Darwinian prototype of the view that modern social conditions entail the multiplication of the unfit.