While Hobson would have disputed any such charge, appealing to the independent normativity of his notions of life and illth, it may be that the model of organicism exerts, as Allett sees it, an independent pressure for unity and the status quo at the expense of justice or equality implied by a model of democratic socialism.
The common good is thus represented by Hobson as a unified development of the whole society which contrasts from those aspects which are dysfunctional, evil, or represent what he termed, following Ruskin, illth. This is the sense that David Long detects idealism in Hobson's approach for he "idealistically condemned present arrangements for failing to come up to the standards of his rational ideal" (1996, p.
haB wo saS illth
Strachan is well aware of the depth of ill-feeling which surrounds the Ibrox club at the moment as the full extent of their financial misdemeanours has emerged.
(4) I am alluding here to John Ruskin's influential and inspiring Unto this Last (1860), a book in which he assails the depredations of industrial capitalism by insisting that "wealth" can only be defined as that "which avails life" and proposes that we invent the term "illth
" to designate everything that destroys life.
First, as Morris sets out in Useful Work versus Useless Toil, most of what is produced in capitalist society constitutes 'illth' rather than wealth.
Much of what we produce is still illth rather than wealth.
Gallagher offers a Ruskinian reading of this novel centring upon issues of 'wealth' or 'illth
', arguing that in its plot ramifications it is founded in the conditions of storytelling and regenerative change.
Anil writes "Richard Lederer's great "Truth in Logology" I/We swap (I-illness, We-wellness) brings to mind John Ruskin's essay The Illth
of Nations, and answers to Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.
Like the rest of the words given currency within the treatise, wealth and illth
circulate through Unto this Last--just as they do through the social body it describes--as terms made valuable only by the moral valence that the text confers upon them.
It created more illth
(a word he coined) than wealth.
Seeing ourselves as timebinders, potential contributors to the future wealth or illth
of humanity, can thus give us a sense of responsibility towards others.