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It might, for instance, be built on Richmond Hill, and command from its windows a beautiful view of the Thames valley. Now Richmond Hill will not hold all the people who would rather five there than in the Essex marshes. It is easy but the question to say, Let the occupier be the owner is. Who is to be the occupier ? Suppose it were settled by drawing lots, what would prevent the winner from selling his pri^olege for its fuU (unearned) value under free exchange and omnipresent competition ? To such problems as these, Individualist Anarchism offers no solution.

The notion that they are ciphers because the majority could vanquish them in a trial of strength leaves out of account the damage they could inflict on the victors during the struggle. Ordinarily an unarmed man weighing thirteen stone can beat one weighing only eleven ; but there are very few emergencies in which it is worth his while to do it, because if the weaker man resists to the best of his ability (which is always possible) the victor wiU be considerably worse off after the fight than before it.

But that progress is both our hope and our real aim the development of individual character is the Socialist's " odd trick," for the sake of which he seeks to win aU others. democracy must therefore necessarily be t Industrial gradual in its development, and cannot for long ages be ; : absolutely complete. The time may never arrive, even as regards material things, when individual is entirely merged in collective ownership or control, but it is matter of common observation that every attempt to grapple with the " difficulties " of our existing civilization brings us nearer to that goal.

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